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.