LGBTQ+ Rights and Struggle in Mexico
Friday, October 8, 2021
Dates of Travel
January 7-January 15, 2022
Cost of trip
The 2011 Human Rights Amendments to the Mexican Constitution reformed and improved constitutional protections for specific human rights increasing protections for LGBTQ+ individuals in Mexico. On this project, students will focus on the history of LGBTQ+ activism in Mexico, exploring the struggles for non-discrimination laws, same sex unions and or/marriage and trans rights laws. Participants will engage with different perspectives regarding gender and sexuality through community member’s contemporary involvement in creating queer history through the arts, media, politics, political activism, religion and more.
Participants will learn from different voices in diverse communities.
|Day 1: Travel to Mexico City to Cuernavaca||Welcome and orientation from hosts
Health and Safety
|Day 2: Life in Cuernavaca||Fundación Don Sergio, Human Rights organization
Market Basket Survey
Artesanos Unidos, understanding the current economic system
|Day 3: Cuernavaca||Dr. Raziel Valiño, impacts of (im)migration on migrants’ gender & sexuality
Downtown tour of Cuernavaca, including a visit to the Robert Brady Museum
Convivio (get-together) at Casa Augsburg with homestay host families
|Day 4 and 5: Cuernavaca and Amatlán de Quetzalcoatl||Ignacio (‘Nacho’) Torres Ramírez, Amatlán’s history and legacy of colonialism,
Hike 45 minutes to Nahua indigenous community
Panel discussion with LGBTQ+ members of the community
|Day 6: Cuernavaca||Arts workshop at Universal Spanish Language School with Femme Gang
Alex Sol "La Gorda," private performance and discussion
Prof. Antonio Ortega, Mexican history and diversity, LGBTQ+ issues
|Day 7: Cuernavaca to Mexico City||Presentation by historian Antonio Ortega
Travel and dinner in Mexico City
|Day 7: Mexico City||Conversation with Director Gaby Hernandez Chalte and migrants at Casa Tochan
Downtown tour with a LGBTQ+ perspective with Carlos Sánchez Gómez.
Trans activist Gloria Hazel Davenport, Feminist Affairs Program
|Day 8: Reflection and Farewell||Talk with the Rev. Margarita Sánchez de León, a queer pastor and theologian
Visit to Museo Memoria y Tolerancia
Final reflection and cena de despedida (farewell dinner)
About the Program
Immersion Projects are off-campus, educational opportunities at sites in the United States and abroad which take place over Winter Break, Spring Break, and in May. Students spend the weeks prior to travel learning about the community and its history. Students then travel to sites ranging from Nicaragua to Morocco and from Alabama to New York City, where they immerse themselves in a the community. Each project seeks to foster a dialogue between the students and the host community around issues of social justice. By working alongside community leaders and sharing their stories, students learn about themselves and the world. Students find Immersion Projects to be exciting and powerful educational experiences. Immersion Projects are open to all Gettysburg College students. Occasionally, persons from off-campus participate. Participants must be sixteen years of age or older. Students must be in good disciplinary standing (no more than 5 points and not on academic probation) in order to participate on an Immersion Project. Each participant must agree to full participation in their chosen project by attending all pre-trip meetings, completing required paperwork and preparatory assignments (such as readings, videos, other activities), behaving in an appropriate manner at all times, participating in group reflection, and contributing to the group follow-up project.
Application and Payment
Registration opens Wednesday, September 15 at 6:00PM and closes Friday, October 8, 2021at 4:00PM. A $100 non-refundable deposit is due at time of registration. First half of payment is due October 22, 2021 by 4:00PM. Final payment is due November 26, 2021 by 4:00PM.
Scholarships are available to help offset the cost of an Immersion Project. Read carefully the criteria for financial awards and follow directions for completing the application. For consideration, complete the Financial Award Application and email it to Immersion_Projects@gettysburg.edu. See application for detailed information. Application Deadline: October 8, 2021 by 4:00PM.
Mandatory Orientation Session
All Winter project participants are required to attend a mandatory orientation session held in November. Email reminders will be sent to participants. Participants will meet other project members, receive important paperwork, and discuss requirements and goals of Immersion Projects.
Medical Evacuation and Repatriation Insurance
All Gettysburg College students traveling on an Immersion Project are covered under the College's medical evacuation and repatriation travel insurance. This insurance does not replace the student's primary insurance policy, but will cover certain emergency services when traveling, such as the need for evacuation. Students and parents are welcome to examine the details of the policy.
Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
The Center for Public Service will register each student traveling internationally on an Immersion Project in the STEP Program. This program is a free service provided by the U.S. government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country. STEP provides users with travel warnings and alerts, and allows users to receive routine information from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
Withdraw from Project
The $100 deposit required at the time of registration is non-refundable should the participant decide to withdraw from the project. In addition, the participant is responsible for paying for all expenses incurred on their behalf at the time of the withdrawal. For example, if airline tickets have been purchased by the time of withdrawal, participant will be responsible for the cost of the ticket, as well as any other pre-paid expenses.
The Center for Public Service reserves the right to remove a participant prior to departure for reasons of, but not limited to, failure to make project payments in a timely manner, financial debt to the College, a history of judicial violations, failure to complete required participant forms (such as release and health forms), failure to attend mandatory Orientation Session and/or group meetings. The Center for Public Service reserves the right to send a participant home during the project (at the participant's expense) for reasons of, but not limited to, violations of College policy, the use of alcohol or illegal drugs, disrespect toward site community or group members, or medical/psychological emergencies.