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Application Process 

Selected participants for immersions will be expected to attend 4–5 pre-trip meetings and a pre-trip weekend retreat,  as well as 3 post-trip meetings upon return.

Applications for Winter Break 2021 are now closed.

Applications for Spring Break 2022 will open on November 19.

San Diego Mexico Border Wall into the Ocean

SAN DIEGO

Saturday, December 11 - Saturday, December 18, 2021
Cost: $750


San Diego is home to the most militarized, technologically advanced, and highly trafficked border in the entire world. This program will work with Via International to explore the impact of living only 15 miles from the U.S./Mexico Border and the challenges faced by families, local farmers, businesses, and the large Chicano community. 

This rich trans-border culture, influenced by its proximity to the U.S./Mexico border, continues to develop a unique Chicano population and identity, making up over one-third of the city's populace. This diverse cultural group has been underrepresented politically. Through community-driven resilience, it has survived and thrived. Participate in community-driven initiatives and learn about immigration in one of the most important areas involving this issue.

The group will participate in community driven initiatives, meet the Amigos Car Club, a grassroots organization that has curbed gang-violence in urban areas, bring water to immigrants crossing the border, visit the border area and witness the extreme differences between life on two sides of a wall.  Visit the Via International website to learn more.

Questions the group will explore:

How can a group that has not only been underrepresented, but misunderstood, gain respect in light of the media’s outlook on issues involving immigration? How is a city so close to Mexico affected on a daily basis by legal and illegal immigration?