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

View of Puebla

about the program

  • Dates of Course: 
    • 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)
    • Mandatory pre-departure session in late December TBA
  • NOTE: January program credits count toward spring semester credit allotments and financial aid.  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.
  • Location: Puebla, Mexico
  • Housing: Housing 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.
  • Total Credits: 3 credits
  • Available for: Master's of Social Work, Master's of Public or Global Health, and related professions.

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.

A 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.

Program Faculty:


  • Tuition and Fees: Graduate tuition and fees, paid directly to the Bursar. Undergraduate tuition (senior undergraduate students only, must interview): Please review the University’s tuition structure for undergraduates.
  • Housing: 2020 rate TBA. (2019 rate: $600.) Housing is double hotel rooms.
  • Insurance: $63.10.  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 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.
  • Excursions: Selected agency visits and museums trips in Puebla; accompanied excursion to Mexico City.