The Fall Program – Globalization, Migration, and Sustainability - explores the consequences that globalization and the continuing development of international borders have had on people, food systems, and the environment. This semester will include extended travel seminars in Mexico and the U.S. to learn firsthand about social and ecological issues unique to the borderlands, but applicable on a global scale. The goal of the program is to link social and economic issues related to migration and borders to ecological issues including agriculture and food security, water and sustainability, conservation, and development in a binational context.
Above: View of Colonia Flores Magon in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. This neighborhood is one of many in Nogales born of popular land occupations. Such occupations were made necessary by the lack of housing available for the thousands of Mexican workers that migrated here in search of work along the border in the burgeoning maquiladora industry. Program participants spend time with the local residents of this colonia and learn about their ongoing struggle for dignified work, housing, and public services. This is one example of the type of complex environmental and social contexts explored during the fall program.