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Location Mexico City, Mexico
Academic Term Summer B-Term 2018
July 19-August 17, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $4,300
Credits 12 UW credits
Prerequisites None
Program Directors Dr. Anu Taranath; Sasha Duttchoudhury; Rafael Velasquez
Program Manager Darielle Horsey |
Priority Application Deadline January 31, 2018
Extended Deadline February 15, 2018
Information Sessions TBD. 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

Program Description

While there is still much work to be done, many LGBTQ activists and allies in the U.S. are celebrating the watershed this country has experienced in terms 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 explores the links between queer movements in the U.S. and Mexico, and how they might influence each other.

Our learning goal: Through an interdisciplinary curriculum comprised of literature, history, ethnography and creative nonfiction, as well as site visits to local community organizations, students will develop shared vocabulary and understand the fundamentals of power, privilege, identity, LGBTQ issues, migration, public health and global North/South relations.

Our 3-4 weeks in Mexico City and surrounding areas 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 its LGBTQ communities. 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 migration affect identity issues in Mexico? How do LGBTQ rights intersect with other areas of human rights in the country such as environmental justice, women’s rights, access to education, etc.? How does Mexican urban politics relate to rural realities and lives? Coursework will consist of group projects, classroom lecture and discussion, field excursions, site visits, individual analysis, and creative writing assignments.

Please note that program fees include all meals during the program.



Mexico City, Mexico


In Mexico, students will be accommodated at La Casa de los Amigos, a human rights-based hostel that regularly hosts study abroad students in Mexico City.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

No formal prerequisites are required, but a willingness to think expansively about social and global issues is a super duper plus. Lots of walking will be required on this program while we are in Mexico.


12 UW Credits


CHID 472A: LGBTQ Activism Here and There: Putting Ourselves in Context (5 Credits, I&S and Diversity)

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, we will read travel literature, memoir, and ethnography, learn about LGBTQ communities and activists in Seattle, and work to better imagine the relationship between ourselves and others, here and there.

Learning goals include:

  • increased familiarity with the scope and range of 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 472B: LGBTQ Activism, Migration and Change in Mexico (5 Credits, I&S and Diversity)

While in Mexico, students will learn from local activists and scholars about LGBTQ justice, migration and strategies 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 the US and different locations in Mexico, and use our time in Mexico to complicate and stretch our ideas.

Learning goals include:

  • 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: General Orientation to Mexico (2 Credits, I&S)

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 include:

  • 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.



Dr. Anu Taranath, CHID & English Departments, Senior Lecturer

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

Sasha Duttchoudhury, College of Education, Stewardship and Events Coordinator

Sasha brings to the program national and local organizing experience, mindful compassion and playful curiosity. Sasha is one of the co-organizers of Moving Truth(s): Queer and Transgender Desi Writings on Family (2015) and is currently on staff at the University of Washington.

Rafael Velasquez, CHID Department, 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.



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $4,300

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • $350 CHID Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $615)
  • Food (about $13/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: July 6, 2018

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.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you 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.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.

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


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. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements 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 $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. 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 business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. 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.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.