Carpe Diem Education | Semester in the Borderlands

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The theme of the Semester in the Borderlands is "borderlands studies & climate resilience in desert communities." We have developed this program specifically for students who are eager to learn about and explore the complexities of social and environmental justice in the borderlands of Arizona. Through engaging with communities that are experiencing firsthand the effects of immigration policy and climate change, we hope that students will develop a more informed perspective on issues that are of paramount importance throughout the world.

  • Discover the intricacies of climate resilience by engaging with a non-profit organization committed to protecting and restoring watersheds, propagating endemic plant species, and reconnecting people with their environment.
  • Hike through the beautiful desert and mountains of southern Arizona. Fall is an amazing time to visit these wilderness areas, as days are warm (not typically hot) and nights are cool. We’ll spend days hiking on the trails, and take our rest in the evening
  • Partner with an organic farm and permaculture site that has been an inspiration to the local community. Work on adobe structures, under the guidance of a masterful builder of earthen structures.
  • Discuss immigration-related topics such as the border wall, policy enforcement, human trafficking, and more. We’ll have conversations with local community members with diverse perspectives.
  • We'll spend time with a local non-profit based in Tucson where we will learn how to be advocates for social justice and change.

Limited Space Available on our Fall 2020 US Borderlands program!

Now accepting applications for our Fall 2020 domestic program: Semester in the Borderlands and Spring 2021 international programs!

Join us in the Borderlands this fall to learn more about the issues facing communities along the U.S.-Mexico border. Discover the role that climate change plays in current and future decision-making and the degree to which political boundaries impact the lives of people and communities on both sides of the border.

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