CGEE: Cuernavaca - Migration, Globalization, and the Environment

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Engage directly with diverse communities impacted by globalization, migration and emigration. Explore effects on women, gender roles, and attitudes towards sexuality, as well as diverse religious responses to these important social issues. Student... read more

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Engage directly with diverse communities impacted by globalization, migration and emigration. Explore effects on women, gender roles, and attitudes towards sexuality, as well as diverse religious responses to these important social issues. Students will learn about the relationships between globalization and migration, emigration, and immigration through immersion in communities that are responding to the forces of globalization and migration and fomenting positive social change around issues of race, ethnicity, socio-economic class, gender, sexuality, economics, politics, and the environment.

Students will meet and discuss issues with many local citizens and leaders, such as:


  • Feminist scholars and activists including Indigenous, Mestiza, and Afro-Mexican women and the economically poor

  • Members of rural and urban communities that have been affected by globalization and U.S. immigration policies

  • Managers and workers at transnational corporations’ assembly plants

  • People who have migrated to Cuernavaca, people who have worked in the U.S. with and without documents and then returned to Mexico, family members who have been left behind, and people who have been deported

  • Officials from the US embassy in Mexico City who address U.S. economic, environmental, and immigration policies

Spanish classes are offered for all levels from beginners to native speakers. Although appealing to a wide cross-section of students, this program is a particularly good fit for religion, women’s studies, and Spanish language majors and minors. 
Location: Mexico is more than a spring break destination – it takes center stage in debates about globalization, U.S. immigration policy, and sustainable economic development. Programs are based in Cuernavaca, a vibrant and cosmopolitan city in central Mexico known for its innovative grassroots organizations, education, alternative health practices, and history of social struggle, as well as its appeal as a manufacturing base for numerous multi-national businesses.

Housing and Homestays: Two houses in Cuernavaca serve as a home base for most students. four- to-six week homestays are an integral part of the academic program. Longer homestays are available upon request, as are lesbian- and gay- friendly homestays.

Student Life with CGE-Mexico: The CGEE campus in Mexico, located in the neighborhood of  San Antón,  is a 15-minute walk from downtown Cuernavaca and the main city plaza. CGEE is well established in San Antón and has many friends and close connections in the neighborhood, including some of the homestay families. CGE is located at the top of one of the large ravines that runs through the city, offering a dramatic view from the nearby bridge that leads to downtown. Because of the ravine, there is a 100 foot waterfall right in the neighborhood, a local eco-tourist attraction. Right across the bridge, students will find a large public garden/park, an independent movie theater, the Cathedral, and several popular cafés. CGEE-Mexico’s campus includes two houses across the street from each other with ample living and study space for students, a library, computer labs and wireless internet, kitchen and dining areas, and outdoor patios and gardens. The Universal language school, where students take Spanish courses, conveniently is located right up the street and has a swimming pool and racquetball court.

Regional Travel: Included in the program fee are exciting travels!  Students will spend a week in homestays in an indigenous village, participate in a short semianr in Mexico City, and will have the opportunity to explore Puebla, Teotihuacan, Toluca, a volcano, and a natural water park. 

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Internship
Program Length(s):
  • Spring
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Business
  • Environmental Studies
  • Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literature
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies
  • Area, Ethnic and Group Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Peace Studies, Conflict Resolution
  • Religion / Religious Studies
  • Spanish Language, Literature
Year Founded:
1979
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