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Complicating Our Understanding of the U.S -Mexico Border: Immersion Trips Are for Faculty, Too!

Tuesday, 02 April, 2019

This interactive session is aimed at faculty who are interested in complicating and enriching their understanding of migration issues at the U.S.-Mexico border. Drs. Debie Lohe (Reinert Center) and Bryan Sokol (Center for Service and Community Engagement) will organize a small panel of guests and share stories from their own immersion experiences at the border and information about the Kino Border Initiative (KBI), a SLU partner for student immersion trips. 

KBI describes the goals of their education and advocacy programs as "humanize, accompany, and complicate."  Consistent with approaches to global citizenship education, KBI provides an opportunity to see the “human face” of the current immigration crisis, learn migrant people’s names and stories, experience the personal impact of US policy on individuals' lives, and grow in exposure to the multiple perspectives of border life, including the tension of balancing compassion with security and safety.  To illustrate some of these perspectives, the discussion will include showing parts of a short film.  The discussion will conclude with thoughts about organizing an immersion experience for faculty.

The event will be in Wueller Classroom 222.