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Winter: Rutgers- Empowerment through Community Engagement in the Yucatán
Merida, Mexico (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter
Budget Sheets Winter
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Laura Grodewald
Language of Instruction:
English
Suggested G.P.A.:
Good Academic Standing
Number of Credits per Semester:
3
Program Description:
Yucatan SSW Winter banner
The Program
2017 Student Videos
Click below to watch students' video reflections of their time studying abroad in Mexico!
 
  • Learn about community-based social work practices that help meet the needs of vulnerable and underserved populations in the Yucatán, Mexico.
  • Hear from professional social workers and professors about the challenges and benefits of community-based approaches to empowerment and development.
  • Engage with social workers and clients in a variety of health and social welfare settings.
     
Your Host Country: Mérida, Mexico
The tranquil, colonial city of Mérida is a wonderful blend of Mayan, Hispanic, and modern-day Mexican cultures--not to mention colorful birds, wily geckos, and bejeweled beetles. Merida is the capital of the Yucatán, and home to the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, which will host this program.  Mérida also has a vivid cultural life of theater, dance, music, street festivals, sports, and folklore.


Academics
Faculty Director Profiles:
Rebecca Davis

Dr. Davis is a professor in the School of Social Work, and also directs the School’s Center for International Social Work.  Her focus on international social work began with a Fulbright to teach social work practices in Romania, where she resided for a decade engaged in child welfare reform before serving as a consultant and project manager for various NGOs and social welfare organizations.  In addition to her specialization in Central and Eastern Europe, her research in international and comparative social work and development takes her to countries in Africa and East Asia.

V. DuWayne Battle

Dr. Battle is an Associate Professor of Teaching and the Director of the Baccalaureate Social Work program at the Rutgers School of Social Work.  Dr. Battle is the primary lead teacher for the Diversity and Oppression and Introduction to Social Work and Social Services courses.  He has published in the area of diversity and social justice, as well as religion and spirituality. His international experience includes travel to six continents, where he has worked on academic and faith-based initiatives with a number of organizations.
 

To view the syllabus for this program, please click here. Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.

This course provides students with the historical and current information on vulnerable populations in the Yucatán and the education and practice of social work in Mexico.  The course of study and service learning will emphasize knowledge and skill-building in community engagement and development that is specific to social work practice in Mexico, specifically, and Latin America, more broadly.  Community development and empowerment for addressing discrimination and oppression is a special strength of social work in Spanish-speaking countries in contrast to US models that emphasize more individualistic approaches to problem-solving. Comparative research on the efficacy of different models will be explored. Lectures from Social Work faculty at UADY, field visits and international service learning opportunities will engage students directly with clients, faculty, students and practitioners in public and private social services agencies, local traditional healers and religious community groups. 

To view the program’s tentative 2016 syllabus, please click here. Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.

For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.


Excursions
Visits to sites of cultural and ecological relevance will be incorporated into the program itinerary to give students an introduction to the unique cultural and biological landscape of the Yucatán.  Planned excursions include the ancient Mayan city of Uxmal and the Celestún Biosphere Reserve.


Accommodations and Meals
Students will be hosted at the Hotel El Castellano in double rooms.  Group lunches will be provided for all participants during the two excursions; students will be responsible for purchasing the remainder of their meals in country during the program.


Financial Information
Summer 2017

For more information about the Program Cost and additional Non-Billable Expenses for this program, please view the program budget sheet.

For more information about finances, including information about financial aid and tuition remission please visit the Finances section of our website.

As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers study abroad withdrawal policy.


Scholarships
Students are encouraged to start researching scholarship opportunities as early as possible.  There are many kinds of scholarships available, with different eligibility requirements and application criteria.  To get a sense of what scholarships are available for your program, please download the Scholarships At-A-Glance worksheet, and visit our Scholarship Directory for a comprehensive list of study abroad scholarships.