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GIEU Mexico—Deaf Communities in Mexico

  • Querétaro
  • 3 credits for on-campus Winter course, field experience in Spring/Summer, group project Fall term
  • First-Years, Sophomores, Juniors
  • GPA 2.0
  • Hostel
  • Instruction in English
  • No language prerequisite

Learn to understand, appreciate, and value the Deaf community in Mexico and here in the US through community engagement.

GIEUs (Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates) are project-based service-learning programs. Earn 3 credits taking a semester-long pre-departure course on intercultural learning, conducting fieldwork abroad for 3–4 weeks during spring or summer, and completing a community education project in fall term with your cohort. Pell Grant recipients on GIEU programs automatically receive the GIEU Pell Scholarship to cover their entire program fee. All LSA students with demonstrated financial need—including Pell Grant recipients—are eligible for additional funding through the LSA Scholarships Office’s Global Experience Scholarship.

On the Deaf Communities in Mexico program, you will assist local communities each day on a variety of community-service projects. Before your time abroad, you will attend basic Sign Language training to prepare you for communicating with your host communities and to equip you for this project generally, including learning more about the Deaf community in the US.

During your time in Mexico, you will be exposed to the specific issues affecting the local Deaf community and will assist in raising awareness of their challenges. You will work with the Comisión de Personas Sordas del Estado de Querétaro to archive documents, create a theatrical group, assist in census taking, and assist in other projects. In the fall, your cohort and instructors will plan and host a silent dinner for the UM community to share all that you have learned.

The program is led and taught by Jennifer Rivas-Murillo and María Dorantes of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.