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Supervised Field Study

Participants in the Border Studies Program have the opportunity to work at a number of different organizations during their time in Tucson. The Field Study is envisioned as a way for BSP participants to take part in the life of our Tucson community, and to contribute to the work of justice that is being done here in our border city. It is also a way for participants to learn and grow as students, work for social and environmental change, as well as develop a more complex and nuanced understanding of the work that is possible for them post-undergrad. We are fortunate to have excellent community partners who are committed to providing participants with guidance, mentorship, and meaningful experiences at the field study site.

Field Study Site Options--Border Studies Program, Fall 2018:

  1. The Alliance for Global Justice

MISSION:

It is the mission of the Alliance for Global Justice to achieve social change and economic justice by helping to build a stronger more unified grassroots movement. We recognize that the concentration of wealth and power is the root cause of oppression requiring us to work together across ideologies, issues and communities. The Alliance nurtures organizations seeking fundamental change in international and national conditions that disempower people, create disparities in access to wealth and power, poison the earth, and plunder its resources.

We support locally-based grassroots organizing by sharing political analysis, mobilizing for direct action, monitoring the centers of corporate and government power, expanding channels of communication, and sharing skills and infrastructure. Our commitment to solidarity and to non-hierarchical democratic process enables us to respectfully listen and respond to each other within the movement.

To fulfill our mission we work in the United States to change US policies toward Latin America partnering with popular movements and governments in defense of sovereignty and self-determination. We also act as fiscal sponsor for nearly 100 organization that raise money in the US but do not have their own tax-exempt status.

CURRENT PROJECTS:

Current projects include: Prison Imperialism, Eco-Solidarity Campaign, Colombia Peace Process, Honduras Solidarity Network, and Venezuela Strategy Group, and Respect for Democracy. Based on an intern’s interests we work with them to identify a major research project and potentially some minor ones to be completed by the end of the internship. Visit our Border Militarization Resource Guide designed and completed by three successive BSP interns. This project could also use an update.

Read more at afjg.org

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2. BICAS

MISSION

BICAS is a community education and recycling center for bicycles. We are a collectively-run non-profit organization, located in the heart of downtown Tucson, and welcome people of all ages and walks of life. Through advocacy and bicycle salvage, our mission is to promote education, art, and a healthy environment while providing service and opportunity for those in need.

Through donations from the community, BICAS provides the following to those who would otherwise not have the opportunity: an Earn-A-Bike Program, Worktrade, Community Service, Bike Repair and Community Tools. We believe in the bicycle as accessible transportation for all and do our best to make it so. We are an education center, not a traditional bike shop.

CURRENT PROJECTS

Stripping bikes, assisting folks with bike questions and maintenance, and being a role model for youth that attend BICAS.

*Students placed here should have bike maintenance skills.*

Read more at: bicas.org

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3. Borderlands Theater

MISSION:

Championing the development and production of new plays while producing plays by established playwrights whose work resonates with the diversity of our audiences; partnering with regional civic organizations to foster diversity (geographic, cultural and ethnic) in play development and productions; and producing diverse and quality programs for youth.  

CURRENT PROJECTS:

Nogales (A Play)

by Richard Montoya, Directed by Sean San Jose, September 7 – September 25

Featuring Culture Clash member, Richard Montoya, Nogales, uses original and researched text, created video and short film, inside of scenic art installations. At the core is the tragic story of a Nogales boy, shot in the back 15 times by a U.S. Border patrol agent. Through documentation morphed into performance, Nogales traces the bullets back beyond the headlines to explore this real life theatre of the border.

La Pastorela (A Play)

Written by Milta Ortiz and the Ghosts Writers, Dec 1 – Dec 11, 2016

A Tucson holiday tradition returns! Shepherds make the harrowing journey to find the baby Jesus. Generously infused with farcical satire lampooning 2016’s biggest political and pop cultural events.

Tucson High Shadow Puppet workshop

Tucson Magnet High School (TMHS) Drama Department will collaborate with Borderlands Theater to conduct a 5 week after school shadow puppetry workshop for up to 25 students (Freshman - Senior). Participating students will receive an overview of traditional shadow puppetry forms (Chinese, Balinese, Greek) and copious video examples of contemporary shadow puppetry from around the world. Students will adapt local Tucson folk tales to shadow plays. The folk tales will come from the publication “Tales Told In Our Barrio” edited by Carrillo Elementary school librarian, Carol Cribbet-Bell, and collected by Carrillo students through oral history interviews with elders from Barrio Viejo, Tucson’s oldest historic barrio.

Mexican American Studies (MAS) Tour

Read more at: http://www.borderlandstheater.org/

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4. La Coalición de Derechos Humanos

MISSION:

Derechos Humanos is a grassroots organization that promotes the human and civil rights of all migrants regardless of their immigration status. Consequently, we fight the militarization of our southern border home and combat the discrimination and human rights abuses of both our citizen and non-citizen brothers and sisters. In the context of an increasingly militarized border and the criminalization of immigration, Derechos Humanos works to empower those most directly impacted to create change and promote justice, challenging the borders that seek to divide us.

CURRENT PROJECTS:

Our main project is the Missing Migrant Hotline, which guides people through the process of searching for missing loved ones disappeared crossing the U.S-Mexico border. We currently receive around 200 calls and e-mails per month from families and friends looking for people lost in the wilderness, missing in detention, disappeared by the system or dead. The Missing Migrant Hotline is also a tool for abuse documentation and advocacy for policy change. We are currently working on a three-part abuse documentation report with No More Deaths about daily practices by border enforcement agencies that increase deaths and disappearances along the border.

Read more at: http://www.derechoshumanosaz.net

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5. The Florence Project

MISSION:

The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project (FIRRP) provides "know your rights" presentations, intakes, and legal representation to unaccompanied children being held in the custody of the federal government. FIRRP will provide training on the forms of legal relief children may apply for while in removal proceedings.

CURRENT PROJECTS:

Interns will help provide "know your rights" presentations, will refer children to appropriate legal services upon their release, and will help FIRRP attorneys with legal representation.

*Please note that students at this field study site must have conversational skills in Spanish.

Read more at: firrp.org

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6. The Gloo Factory

MISSION:

Gloo Factory partners with a women's sewing co-op in Agua Prieta, Sonora to make fair trade bags, aprons and more. We print and distribute signs for the Black Lives Matter movement nationally. Additionally we engage daily in local and national campaigns through printing support as needed.

CURRENT PROJECTS:

A student placed with the Gloo Factory would be involved with the everyday affairs of producing materials dependent on interest and experience. Another area where a BSP student could get some traction would be working to enhance our partnership with DouglaPrieta Works (douglaprietaworks.org) and the women's sewing cooperative there that is making dignity bags, aprons, bandanas (y'all need BSP fair trade bandanas!) for us - there are all sorts of possibilities.

Peace Supplies is the Gloo Factory’s online store: http://peacesupplies.org/

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7. Keep Tucson Together (A Project of No More Deaths)

MISSION:

Keep Tucson Together’s mission is to build community power by stopping deportations that threaten to tear our families and communities apart, demystifying the legal process, and teaching each other how to fight and win our immigration cases. We are an all-volunteer run project.

CURRENT PROJECTS:

We run regular free, immigration legal clinics every Thursday evening from 5:30-7pm, every first and third Saturday from 2-5pm and have office-based work happening Tuesday-Thursday from 11am-4pm. Specifically we have three different team areas that interns can work with. The first is our Deferred Actions Childhood Arrivals project where we help teach young people how to successfully file their DACA applications. The second is out naturalization team who works with Legal Permanent Residents to file their naturalization paperwork and gain fee waivers. The third is our deportation team who works with folks who are in removal to help them stop their deportations using a variety of mechanisms including prosecutorial discretion, cancellation of removal and asylum. If DAPA and DACA2 are allowed to move forward we will be operating clinics to assist people in filing that paperwork.

Read more at: http://forms.nomoredeaths.org/about-no-more-deaths/keep-tucson-together/

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8. Manzo Elementary

MISSION:

Serving the Barrio Hollywood community on Tucson's west side, Manzo Elementary School is a local innovator in using gardening and ecology as tools for place-based experiential learning while fostering social and emotional growth. Teachers and students utilize on-site ecology resources including vegetable gardens, chicken coop, greenhouse, aquaponic system, tortoise habitat, pollinator gardens, and composting and recycling programs as the basis for classroom instruction. The Ecology Program at Manzo presently serves as a model for 11 other schools in the Tucson Unified School District in the process of developing garden-based instruction programs and Manzo hosts student interns from the University of Arizona interested in learning from and contributing to the Ecology Program. The objective of the Ecology Program at Manzo is to utilize on-site garden and ecology resources as tools for place-based experiential learning while fostering social and emotional growth.

CURRENT PROJECTS:

  • Father Kino Heritage Fruit Tree cloning in collaboration with Mission Garden
  • Mini LEO (Landscape Evolution Observatory) project in collaboration with U of A's Biosphere 2 Monarch Butterfly curriculum unit and creation of "Certified Monarch Way Station" habitat
  • Twice monthly Manzo Markets (Manzo's version of a farmer's market)
  • Species biodiversity inventories using iNaturalist Ecology-based curriculum development
  • Vermicomposting Composting cafeteria food waste Aquaponic system maintenance and tilapia breeding program Daily garden maintenance

Read more at: gomanzo.com

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9. Mariposas sin Fronteras

MISSION:

Mariposas Sin Fronteras is a Tucson, AZ based group that seeks to end the systemic violence and abuse of LGBTQ people held in prison and immigration detention. We envision a society that no longer finds solutions in the system of immigration detention or the prison industrial complex. As we work toward that goal, we support LGBTQ people currently detained in Eloy and Florence, AZ through visits, letters, bond support, advocacy, and housing upon freedom from detention.Due to the high rate of systemic abuse and discrimination towards LGBTQ detainees, support and solidarity are critical to ending the plight LGBTQ prisoners face in immigration detention.

We believe that the voices of people most directly oppressed by the current system must be central to envisioning more just world. Our leadership consists largely of LGBTQ immigrants, many of whom have been detained. We actively organize towards a society based on the principles of equality, justice, respect, and liberation for all.

CURRENT PROJECTS:

MSF provides solidarity to LGBTQ people in detention centers through visits, letters, bond fundraising, case support, advocacy and post-detention hospitality, and grant writing.

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10. Mexicayotl Academy

MISSION:

This is a K-8 school (in Nogales) and K-4 (Tucson) that emphasizes dual language immersion, social justice, intercultural education, and sustainability. Students are simultaneously educated in Spanish and English, and are taught to understand and celebrate their bicultural identities as citizens of the border.

CURRENT PROJECTS:

Students at Mexicayotl would work in classrooms alongside teachers, assist in the reading program, and serve as mentor in a variety of capacities to Mexicayotl students.

Read more at: http://www.mexicayotlacademy.com/

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11. Las Milpitas de Cottonwood Community Garden

MISSION:

Las Milpitas an urban farm in southwest Tucson comprises 20 acres of land in which the local neighborhoods (predominantly immigrant and low-income communities of color) take ownership and responsibility over the land. It partners with the Tucson Community Food Bank and aims to create an inclusive and participatory community-run farm where local residents can reclaim a farming heritage and promote food justice, nutrition, and self-sufficiency in their own communities. It is a project with a broad base of community support.

CURRENT PROJECTS:

Students will be given the chance to learn and experience the unique systems of urban sustainable agriculture, work alongside farm staff, facilitate educational opportunities for the community, and become advocates for a local food system.

Read more at: http://www.communityfoodbank.org/Locations/Las-Milpitas

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12. No Más Muertes

MISSION:

No More Deaths is a humanitarian aid organization that provides support to migrants in need in three different ways. 1) During the summer months they manage and run a camp in the Arivaca desert, where volunteers patrol the desert on foot searching for migrants who may need assistance, water, food, clothing or medical attention (during the winter they do day trips to key areas and hike migrant trails. 2) NMD’s also collaborates with an aid station and comedor in Nogales, Sonora  (at the Mariposa port of entry) where volunteers aid migrants who have just been deported by providing food, water, clothing and basic medical attention. Here, they also conduct an ongoing abuse documentation project in Nogales by interviewing migrants about their treatment while in custody. 3) NMDs works on coalition building and promoting policy change to federal border and immigration policies.

CURRENT PROJECTS:

We are able to host interns through the Border Studies Program mainly for the Nogales Project, which consists of providing free phone calls to migrants, cashing detention center checks, receiving money on behalf of migrants who do not have identification to do so, providing emergency resources to people planning to cross the border, and general accompaniment. There may be work related to our current Abuse Documentation project that we are working on in collaboration with Derechos Humanos, which documents how border patrol practices disappear migrants in the borderlands. Conversational Spanish is useful, although not required, for this field study site.

Read more at: http://nomoredeaths.org/

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13. Ochoa Elementary

MISSION:

Ochoa Elementary is located in South Tucson in a predominantly working-class, Latinx neighborhood that serves students in grades pre-K through five. The school implements a Regio-inspired model for their education that emphasizes art, parental involvement, and student driven objectives.

CURRENT PROJECTS:

BSP students that are placed at Ochoa will work with local families and school officials on the school’s garden that teaches Ochoa students to grow food in their community garden for student’s families.

Read more at: http://www.tusd1.org/ochoa/

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14. Owl and Panther           

MISSION:

Owl & Panther is a multi-faceted program with two part-time staff members, over 20 volunteers, and over 20 participants. It partners with a constellation of teaching artists and organizations to provide innovative, ever-changing activities to its participants through expressive arts programming, service learning, and trips into nature. The Tucson branch of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) recommends new arrivals for the program.                

CURRENT PROJECTS:                   

Owl & Panther meets every Tuesday night for activities during the academic school year. Field trips happen both on Tuesday nights and on occasional Saturdays or Sundays. In delivering these activities, Owl & Panther advocates a suite of interconnected social justice oriented values, including cultural exchange, collaboration, nonviolence, civic engagement, social and environmental responsibility, and—above all—validation of participants’ stories and modes of expression. These values are put into practice through (a) varied arts, community, and nature based activities that allow participants to develop and practice different ways of expressing themselves, and (b) through norms for nonjudgmental communication and expression of interpersonal respect, inclusion, and validation.               

Program curriculum changes from year to year, organized around themes such as change or resilience and includes writing, visual arts, music, movement, and other genres. In addition to an emphasis on self-expression, activities give participants experiences in the natural world and with civic engagement. A motto of process over product guides these activities, encouraging engagement and full participation rather than “perfect” outputs of the sort valued in typical school settings. According to staff and volunteers, Owl & Panther is decidedly “not school.” Curriculum also emphasizes the idea of multiple intelligences, giving participants opportunities to experiment with myriad creative genres and decide which ones they like best.

Read more at http://www.hopifoundation.org/programs/owl-panther-project

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15. Representative Raul Grijalva’s Office: Constituent Services

MISSION:

Congressman Raul Grijalva welcomes BSP interns in his Tucson District Office, which is conveniently located in the Historic Y. Grijalva's Office is split over two floors: the downstairs office is dedicated to constituent services, whereas the upstairs office handles legislative and community relations work.

CURRENT PROJECTS:

Constituent services interns support MSW-certified caseworkers by drafting letters, answering phones and welcoming constituents who walk-in. The majority of cases pertain to either immigration, social security or veteran's affairs. Upstairs interns may help organize community drives and recognize members of the Grijalva's district through certificates of recognition in addition to other assigned work. This internship is formal and well-suited to those who want to learn about the role of government in the borderlands.

Read more at: http://grijalva.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=24&sectiontree=6,24 

If this placement is on interest to you, please let us know ASAP as the application process is lengthier and will require some time to complete.

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16. ScholarshipsA-Z

MISSION:

ScholarshipsA-Z is a non-profit organization which started June 2009 in Tucson in order to provide access to resources and college scholarships for students regardless of immigration status. Through its website, in-person advising, and presentations with students, families and educators, ScholarshipsA-Z aims to make higher education accessible for all, a vision similar to that of the nationally proposed DREAM Act.

CURRENT PROJECTS:

Students placed at this site would assist with various projects including community outreach, event planning, high-school presentations, research, and website maintenance - just to name a few.

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17. Southside Worker’s Center

MISSION

The Southside Worker Center supports a community of worker-leaders building collective power and raising the standards of worker conditions so that members can take part in dignified work and earn just wages. Workers run a day labor pick up center in the parking lot of the Southside Presbyterian Church.  The Worker Center is currently developing an English language program for the workers.  Students at this site will be encouraged to develop this component further. Students placed at the Worker Center will also help manage certain aspects of the day labor program that runs Monday through Saturday 6am-12pm.  Students who are placed at this site should be prepared for early mornings.

CURRENT PROJECTS

Students at this site will be encouraged to develop this component further. Students placed at the Worker Center will also help manage certain aspects of the day labor program that runs Monday through Saturday 6am-12pm.  Students who are placed at this site should be prepared for early mornings.

Read more at: https://www.southsidecentro.org

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18. Spoken Futures

MISSION:

Spoken Futures, Inc. widens access to the literary arts and community engagement for young people across Southern Arizona. Through dynamic competitions such as the Tucson Youth Poetry Slam, innovative social justice programs such as Liberation Lyrics, and La Pilita Cultural Center, Spoken Futures creates youth-centered spaces. Through dedication, reverence and love we use poetry as a tool to dream tomorrow, honor yesterday and live today.

CURRENT PROJECTS:

The development of Liberation Lyrics, a social justice education through poetry endeavor. The continuation of Tucson Youth Poetry Slam and a Gay Straight Alliance project gathering stories from youth about what it means to be queer in southern AZ. these are all current and continuing projects.

Read more at spokenfutures.org

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19. UNIDOS

MISSION

UNIDOS is a grassroots, united front of youth and allies standing up to mobilize new leadership and nurture critical consciousness. We are unafraid to use direct tactics to achieve social justice and liberation of our communities. Our focuses as an organization are on direct action, spreading awareness, and preserving education.

CURRENT PROJECTS

We are currently planning for our upcoming program this fall, which is where BSP students could fit in. We will be running our 3rd annual Student Empowerment Program; which will engage high school students in conversations about culture, systems of oppression, community organizing, and many other topics. We also hope to expand the program in the future for a second session focusing on organizing and direct action training.

Read more at www.unidostucson.org

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