Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Thank you for your support of immigrants, undocumented and DACA students. It has been through the IEM/MPA joint masters program that I was able to spend my 5th semester in Cuernavaca, Mexico implementing a study abroad program that was designed specifically for heritage seeking DACA students to Mexico. Through the California-Mexico Studies Center, we have successful taken 4 groups of DACA students from 20 universities and community colleges, throughout Southern California to Mexico where they are able to improve their Spanish and learn the political and economic reality of Mexico as well as visit their families and places of origin. The last group is currently in Mexico and will be back this weekend. This program was a dream come true and I am saddened to have to hit pause on it in light of the new presidential administration. Campuses like MIIS are creative spaces where students can design programs, and create new solutions.