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Spring Break service-learning project to involve students firsthand in social issues of Oaxaca, Mexico

Students can enroll now for March 11-20 trip

Saint Xavier University students can now enroll in a spring break service-learning project in Oaxaca, Mexico. The trip, to coincide with SXU’s Spring Break March 11-20, will offer students a first-hand sociological perspective on the social issues at work in Oaxaca. 

Taught by Professor Alex Trillo, the course – Sociology 375 – is cross-listed with Latino/Latin American Studies 390 and Spanish 300. The course is worth three credit hours.

Students will begin with an in-class introduction that covers concepts of culture, ethnicity and inequality. Following these sessions is a 10-day trip to Oaxaca, Mexico for an on-site investigation of class topics and to participate in a related five-day community service project.

In Oaxaca, students will have the opportunity to participate in local cultural tours and other festivities. The course, worth three credit hours, is included in the Saint Xavier flat tuition fee for full-time students; approximate travel cost is $1500 and includes airfare, lodging, meals, one tour and transportation to and from the Oaxaca airport.

Students will attend two, four-hour class meetings prior to the trip on Tuesday afternoons and will write a final paper summarizing class material and their experiences after they return. 

This class is available through the Registrar. However, you must get permission from the instructor in order to register. A deposit on $250 is due on Dec. 3. The remainder will be due early in the spring semester. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Alex Trillo at (773) 298-3453  or trillo@sxu.edu. You may contact the Center for International Education in room A207 (cie@sxu.edu) or Dr. Ogla Vilella at (773) 298-3274 or vilella@sxu.edu.