The Mexico Solidarity Network introduces students to the ideas and people involved in autonomous, community-based organizing in Mexico.  Students spend six weeks in Chiapas learning Spanish and the history and ideas behind the movement before spending the rest of the semester in homestays in Tlaxcala, and Mexico City. The final two weeks of the program are spent at the Centro Autonomo in Chicago.

Faculty Adviser:

Aaron Bobrow-Strain

Fields of study:

Interdisciplinary coursework in Mexican politics, social movements, culture, and Spanish (or Tzotzil) language


A strong interest in social movements and community-based organizing

Language Prerequisite:

At least three semesters of recent college-level Spanish or the equivalent

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring


late August - December
late January - May


Required Courses – 5 courses per semester:
Political economy (3 credits)
Modern Mexico (3 credits)
Mexican Social Movements (3 credits)
Mexican Culture (3 credits)
Intensive Conversational Spanish (4 credits) or 
Intensive Tzotzil for Native Spanish Speakers (4 credits)

Credit Conversion:

1 Hampshire College credit = 1 Whitman credit


Rustic, collective dormitories (San Cristobal and Oventic)
Homestays (Tlaxcala, Mexico City, Chicago)


All meals are provided by staff or by homestay families except for weekend meals during the first six weeks of the program.



Program Website:

Mexico Solidarity Network (MSN)