Migration and the Trump Wall: Health and Social Welfare Issues of Latino Migrants

View of Puebla

about the course

FACULTY: Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, PhD, MPH, LCSW, RN, Professor and Mexican Exchange Program Director, NYU Silver; Maria de Lourdes Rosas López, PhD, Research Professor, Political Science, UPAEP

The course seeks to expose students to the complex and urgent social welfare issue of Latino migrants in the U.S. through providing an overview of complex issues currently impacting migrants. As such, students will develop the ability to critically and reflectively analyze how socio-political processes affect migration throughout Mexico, Central America, and the United States. Students will be able to develop a deeper understanding of migration through a regional perspective. Additionally, students will explore strategies for addressing the health and social welfare problems associated with all stages of migration that encompass individual, community, and policy level approaches. The target audience for the course includes students in social welfare, nursing, public health, and other health related disciplines.
  • Dates: January 3 - 13, 2020. Students will arrive in the morning on January 3; students will be able to depart on January 13 (last official class day is January 12); a mandatory pre-departure session in late December TBA
  • Credits: 3 elective credits
  • Note on Field Placement: Students with field placements must obtain permission from their faculty advisors and agency field instructors to miss field dates for a January course. Students must make up all missed field dates at another time during the year.
  • Note on January Courses: January program credits count toward spring semester credit allotments but fall into the January term bill. NYU's Office of Financial Aid will have to be notified of your enrollment in a January course in order to allot any necessary spring financial aid toward the bill.

A SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT THIS COURSE: This course is best suited for students with career interest and commitment to Latino migration, health, and social welfare. The class will meet 10 days in Puebla, Mexico and will have one additional class that will take place upon return to the United States. Given the condensed timeline, students should expect the overall course experience to be demanding and rigorous, including substantive discussions related to course readings, writing assignments, an exam, and a final presentation.


  • NYU Silver MSW students
  • NYU graduate students at other schools and non-NYU graduate students at other universities are considered on a space-available basis


  • Tuition and Fees: Graduate tuition and fees, paid directly to the Bursar. 
  • GeoBlue Insurance: $64.  All students are required to carry GeoBlue Insurance for the duration of the course.  Students will be enrolled by the Office of Global and Lifelong Learning.
  • Estimated Housing: 2020 rate TBA. (2019 rate: $600.) Housing is double hotel rooms. Accommoations will either be double hotel rooms (two students per room) with private baths, breakfast included in price OR homestays with Mexican families (two students per home in separate rooms).  This is currently being coordinated and final information will be available shortly.
  • Estimated Activity Fees & Personal Expenses: $500-800 (amount varies based on individual student expenses).
  • Estimated Travel Expense to Puebla: Round-trip (from New York) is around $750 depending on booking date, type, and availability.Meals: A welcoming meal will be provided and daily breakfast is included in the cost of the hotel charges.  Students are responsible for any additional meals.
  • Estimated Excursions: Selected agency visits and museums trips in Puebla; accompanied excursion to Mexico City.
  • All other expenses are the responsibility of the student.


Study Abroad Course Application and Registration Process

For information on how to apply to this program, visit our Application and Registration Information page.

Application deadline: ***Deadline extended to November 15, 2019***

Puebla Scholarship Application

To apply for a scholarship, visit our Scholarship Application page.

Application deadline: November 15, 2019



Stephanie Kaplan
Assistant Director, Office of Global and Lifelong Learning /


Vincent Guilamo-Ramos
Professor of Social Work

Professor Vincent Guilamo-Ramos and NYU Silver PhD Program Students to receive SAGE/CSWE 2015 Award for Innovative Teaching in Social Work Education


The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) will honor NYU Latino Consortium Co-Directors Professor Vincent Guilamo-Ramos and Armando Garcia along with Silver doctoral students Jane Lee (NYU) and Gabriel Robles (NYU) with the 2015 CSWE Award for Innovative Teaching for their inter-professional course on migration in Puebla, Mexico. In 2015, Professor Ramos and his team introduced twenty-three students from universities in both the United States and Mexico to the complex and urgent health and social welfare issues facing unaccompanied minors (UMs). The NYU Silver/UPAEP course teaches students to critically analyze the migratory process and how the socio-political and economic environments of Central America and Mexico influence unaccompanied minors’ migration to Mexico and the United States. Many of the Mexican and Central American migrants, whose migratory destination is the New York City area, travel through or have origins in the State of Puebla.  (Read more...)