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  • Locations: Mexico City, Mexico; Seattle, United States
  • Program Terms: Summer A-Term
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Information:
sociology italy
 Location Mexico City, Mexico
Summer A 2017
June 10 – July 7, 2017
 Estimated    Program Fee $3,200 (includes $350 CHID fee)
 Credits 12 UW credits
 Prerequisites None
 Program      Directors Anu Taranath, Rafael Velazquez, Sasha Duttchoudhury
 Program  Manager Darielle Horsey |
 Application    Deadline March 15, 2017 - EXTENDED!
 Information  Session(s) Contact Program Director for more information.
  General This program introduces students to queer issues and organizing in Mexico City, a broad framework for us to learn about identity, difference, gender, sexuality, migration and Global North/Global South issues.
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships


Program Description

While there is still much work to be done, many LGBTQ activists and allies in the U.S. are celebrating the recognition of same-sex marriage, expanding legal protections, and greater recognition of trans people. Social changes like these represent hard-won victories, and can help us better understand the historical and cultural context in which change is imagined, created, and ultimately sustained.

This program asks the question: What do LGBTQ communities and organizations look like in another context, a context which is physically close to the U.S. but has a very different culture and history To help answer this question, our program will be based in both Seattle and Mexico City to explore the links between queer movements in the U.S. and Mexico, and how they might influence each other.

Our hybrid program spends one intensive week in Seattle and three intensive weeks in Mexico City:

One-week pre-departure seminar in Seattle:

Through an interdisciplinary curriculum comprised of literature, history, ethnography, and creative nonfiction, as well as site visits to local community organizations, students will better understand LGBTQ issues, public health, migration and global relations.

Three- week seminar in Mexico City:

Our three weeks in Mexico City will introduce students to local LGBTQ activists, organizations, and change-makers. We will learn from our community partners about how a country’s history shapes LGBTQ priorities. Questions we will engage include: What can we learn from the challenges and successes of LGBTQ communities in Mexico’s capital as they work to mobilize and create change throughout the country? How does the contemporary landscape of national and international migration affect identity issues in Mexico? How do LGBTQ rights intersect with other areas of human rights in the country such as environmental justice, public health, women’s rights and access to education? Coursework will consist of group projects, classroom lecture and discussion, field excursions, site visits, individual analysis, and creative writing assignments.

Both components of the program are required, and build off and into each other.


Mexico City, Mexico


Housing will not be provided in Seattle during the first week of the program. In Mexico, students will be accommodated at La Casa de los Amigos, a human rights-based hostel organized around social justice principles.


Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

We invite an eclectic range of interdisciplinary students from across campus to participate in this program, from Engineering to Physics, and GWSS to History. Ideally, students who apply for the “LGBTQ Communities and Change in Mexico City” program will be humble, flexible, curious, and able to adjust to environments and conditions that will not always resemble the US. Priority is given to students in CHID.

LGBTQ students, CAMP students, students of color and/or first generation college students are especially encouraged and welcome to apply.
No formal prerequisites are required, but a willingness to think expansively about identity, social and global issues will serve you well.

A fair amount of walking will be required on this program while we are in Mexico.


12 UW Credits


CHID 498A (3 credits)

PRE-DEPARTURE: What do LGBTQ movements look like outside of the United States? In order to better understand this question in a Mexican context, we will begin by exploring the LGBTQ community and activism in Seattle. Going abroad in a reflective way asks us to examine ourselves, our homes, our cultures and societies. When we build an understanding of our own contexts, we have a foundation to compare, question, challenge, and expand when we travel elsewhere. We are more prepared to engage with what it means to interact in a new context with those who seem “different” in some way. In this class, a required pre-departure course for students traveling to Mexico City, we will read travel literature, memoir, and ethnography, interact with LGBTQ communities and activists in Seattle, and work to better imagine the relationship between ourselves and others, here and there.

Learning Goals: 

—increased familiarity with LGBTQ communities and activism in Seattle
—increased familiarity with theories of identity and social difference
—increased familiarity and comfort discussing issues of identity and social difference
—familiarity with theories and issues of culture, travel and globalization

Students will be assessed via short writing assignments and creative projects.

CHID 472A (5 credits)

While in Mexico City, students will learn from local activists and scholars about LGBTQ justice and mobilization for social change. Since social justice as a philosophy means different things for different people, our time in Mexico will help us grow and challenge our ideas about what justice looks like in different contexts. We will consider what “activism” means from the vantage point of Seattle and Mexico City, and use our time in Mexico to complicate and stretch our ideas.

Learning Goals: 

—better understand the relationship between global forces and local realities in Mexico
—better understand the ways LGBTQ activists work for change in a context outside of the United States

Students will be assessed via short writing assignments and creative projects.

CHID 470A (4 credits)

Students in this course will learn about the social and cultural history of Mexico, as well as how these ideas manifest in the contemporary present.

Learning Goals: 

To have participants better understand the social and cultural landscape of Mexico, and Mexico City in particular. To begin to cultivate familiarity with the larger themes and ideas present in discussions of Mexico, Mexican citizens, and human rights in a comparative framework.

Students will be assessed by a creative project and a final oral presentation.

Program Directors & Staff

Anu Taranath, Faculty, Department of English and Comparative History of Ideas Program, Program Director

Anu Taranath brings to the program expertise in international education, diversity pedagogies, and theories of race, gender, identity and social difference. UW faculty since 2001, she has led eight study abroad programs with UW students and has extensive experience teaching about global issues. More on her work can be found at

Rafael Velazquez, Program Assistant

Rafael brings to the program passion and experience in public health, Mexico City, and social justice. He is committed to addressing the complex social and health disparities affecting the Latino LGBTQ community in the U.S. and Mexico. Rafael is currently the Director for Instituto Familiar de la Raza’s HIV Services & LGBT Wellness program in San Francisco.

Sasha Duttchoudhury, Program Coordinator

Sasha brings to the program national and local organizing experience and has been a part of Anu Taranath’s 2013 Bangalore study abroad program. Interested in the many manifestations of storytelling and se$350), airfare, food (the majority of meals will be provided for by the program fee), UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$550 - $800* roundtrip

*Subject to when & where you buy your ticket

Payment Schedule

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
CHID Fee $350 July 7, 2017
Non-Refundable Study Abroad Fee $350 July 7, 2017
Program Fee Balance $2,850 July 7, 2017


There are a variety of scholarships available to help fund your study abroad experience. Visit the Global Opportunities page for more information and application deadlines.


To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Study Abroad office as well as your program-specific orientations, offered by your program director.

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend scheduled orientations. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current orientation schedule.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most forms of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. You can verify that your financial aid award will apply to your program costs by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid or scholarships awarded as tuition waivers or tuition exemptions might not apply so you will need to verify that these funds are eligible for use with study abroad by contacting the funding office.

Financial aid and most scholarships are disbursed according to the UW academic calendar (at the beginning of the quarter). If your program starts before the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid will not be available to you prior to your departure. If your program starts after the first day of the quarter, your financial aid will be disbursed at the start of the program. In either of these cases, you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare, health insurance and the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you are making plans.

Revision Request

In some instances you may qualify for an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds). Check with the Financial Aid Office about your options. To request a revision in your aid, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:

  1. Revision Request Form
  2. Budget of student expenses for your program: The UW Study Abroad Office will upload this budget to your study abroad account after a signed contract has been submitted to the UW Study Abroad Office. You can request an unofficial copy of this budget by emailing

Visit the Finances section of our website to learn more about disbursement, revising your aid package, short-term loans and scholarships.

Application Process

The application includes a Personal Statement, three short answer questions, two recommendations from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. You can do so by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $350 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable and non-revocable once a contract has been submitted, even if you withdraw from the program. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the UW Study Abroad Office. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

1. Provide notice in writing to the Program Director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.

2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to the UW Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.

Please see the CHID website for information on the CHID Fee withdrawal policy: