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Mexico City
Berkeley Summer Abroad

Mexico City, Mexico: Education, Gender, and Transfeminist Activism in Mexico City Virtual - SUSPENDED

  • Summary

    PROGRAM SUSPENDED FOR 2021

    The course will focus on several streams of critical education: critical pedagogy, popular education, feminist and queer pedagogy, anti-racist education, and direct action and activism through the lens of Transfeminist Cultural Production and Activism in Mexico City. This course offers students the opportunity to critically engage with issues, topics, and enactments of race, nationalism, gender, and sexuality as they intersect with education, social movements, and politics. One of the aims of this course is to advance understanding of transgender and non-binary issues outside the hegemony of the U.S., and in particular, to enter critical education insights into the transnational conversation about the status of trans and non-binary communities.

    A sprawling urban hub and home to nearly 9 million people, Mexico City has grown up, around, and over thriving indigenous cities, including Mexico-Tenochtitlán and Tlatelolco, creating a rich and dense palimpsest of cultural practices and traditions that are discursively and politically used to advance particular visions and ideologies related to the role of education, nationalism, gender, and sexuality.

    In this course, students will:

    • Attend live-streamed courses, workshops, ceremonies, protests, and government meetings.
    • Go on live/virtual excursions to locations around Mexico and have the opportunity to ask questions and directly engage with community members working on issues related to sex work, trans rights, and gender violence.
    • Join panels and training by trans activists and trans-specific community-based organizations located throughout Mexico such as Tijuana, Guadalajara, and Chiapas to hear perspectives from local artists, academics, activists, and cultural practitioners.

    Dates: June 21 - July 30, 2021
    All dates are subject to change

    Program occurs within Session C 

    Units: 6 units

    Language of Instruction: English

    Courses: Ethnic Studies N180: Selected Topics in Comparative Ethnic Studies - Education, Gender, and Transfeminist Activism in Mexico City.

    Logistics:

    • All course content will be delivered online. Students must have access to a computer and reliable internet.
    • Courses will take place at 1 pm central time and from “time to time” we will plan to attend sessions at different times to align with on-site guests and activism.

    Eligibility:

    • At least one year of college coursework completed by the start of the program 2.0 GPA or higher
    • There are no prerequisites or restrictions for participation.

    Application:

    • Application opens February 1, 2021
    • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
    • Deadline to apply is May 2, 2021

  • Courses

    During the program, you will take one course for a total of six UC Berkeley units.

    Course: ES N180 Title: Selected Topics in Comparative Ethnic Studies - Study Abroad Instructor: Omi Salas-SantaCruz
    Units: 6 units

    The course will focus on several streams of critical education: critical pedagogy, popular education, feminist and queer pedagogy, anti-racist education, and direct action and activism through the lens of Transfeminist Cultural Production and Activism in Mexico City. This course offers students the opportunity to critically engage with issues, topics, and enactments of race, nationalism, gender, and sexuality as they intersect with education, social movements, and politics in Mexico City. One of the aims of this course is to advance understanding of trans and non-binary issues outside the hegemony of the U.S., and in particular, to enter critical education insights into the transnational conversation about the status of trans and non-binary communities.

    Learning Goals and Objectives:

    • Gain a deeper understanding of the socio-political and cultural landscape of Mexico City through the epistemologies of trans*ness in Mexico.
    • Develop and foster critical thinking and analytic tools for engaging the multi-dimensional nature of culture-making, locally and globally through transfeminist theory and study.
    • Gain a deeper understanding of non-binary trans* identities, issues, and lives
    • Hone academic and creative writing skills

    You can fulfill the L&S International Studies breadth requirement or the L&S Social and Behavioral Sciences breadth requirement by full participation in this Berkeley Summer Abroad program. All of the required courses must be completed with a C-/P or better.

    Summer Abroad staff will enroll you in courses after your acceptance to the program. Please make sure there are no active blocks on your student account that may impact your course enrollment.

  • Costs

    Tuition and Program Fee

    The fees to participate in this program are broken down into tuition and fees, which are applied to your student billing account as follows:

    2021 Fees UC Students Visiting Students
    Tuition (6 units) $2,514 $3,300
    Program Fee $ - $ -
    Campus Fee $380 $ -
    Registration Fee $ - $450
    Document Management Fee $ - $62
    Total Cost $2,894 $3,812

    Fees are subject to change. Please note that the overall tuition amount you will be responsible for in Summer 2021 depends on how many total units you are enrolled in. These costs are only inclusive of the Summer Abroad program tuition costs

    Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses

    For Virtual Programs, students will participate from their own residences. Therefore, estimates of out-of-pocket expenses are not customized for each program. Each participant will determine their own unique living situation, be it with family, friends, or living independently. Because of this, each individual student must consider their own expenses and create an accurate individual budget for their summer.

    UC Berkeley students who have filed a 2020-2021 FAFSA or California Dream Act application and enroll in a minimum of 6 units will be eligible for financial aid. Financial aid eligible students who want more information on how out-of-pocket expenses will be packaged for this program can read about it here (PDF)

  • Timeline

    Program Dates
    June 21 - July 30, 2021
    Program occurs within Session D.

    Program Deadlines
    All deadlines are 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time (PT).

    Submit Application May 2, 2021
    Cancel from Program w/ Refund* July 2, 2021
    Change Grading Option July 23, 2021

    *Adding or dropping any non-program course(s) should follow the normal Summer Sessions deadlines. Canceling from the program does not constitute cancellation from the summer term if you are enrolled in any non-program courses.

  • Instructors

    Omi Salas-SantaCruz
    Program Director
    Email: omi.santacruz@berkeley.edu

    Omi Salas-SantaCruz is a doctoral candidate at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education in the Critical Studies of Race, Class, and Gender program. Their research interests include queer and trans* Latine/x literacies, decolonial resistance research in higher education, and queer of color pedagogies. Omi is the Graduate Initiatives Program Director at the UC Berkeley Multicultural Community Center and served as the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on LGBTQI Communities at Cal. They hold two master’s degrees, one in Sociology from Columbia University and one in Education from UC Berkeley. Omi earned their Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UC Berkeley with a minor in Public Policy. They are the recipient of the multi-year UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Fellowship, The Tillery Foundation, and The Center for Race and Gender Fellowships.