Additional Programs

iSTEM with SIROW and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe

Tad Pfister from the Center for Latin American Studies at University of Arizona, developed and facilitated an interactive workshop for youth from the Pascua Yaqui Community. This workshop is part of the iSTEM project, an NSF funded project based at UA SIROW. The project works with Pascua Yaqui youth via volunteer science mentors to bring hands-on science that is meaningful and relevant to 3rd-8th graders.


Tad brought his experience and knowledge of the natural history, ecology, and people of the Gulf of California to excited students through a 2 hour, hands-on, map-making workshop. The youth connected to the gulf and its history, biology, geology and culture by creating their own maps that reflected their interests, culture and imaginations. This was an especially moving learning experience because most of the kids, who are Yaqui (US), are at least a couple of generations removed from their Yaqui homeland in Sonora, Mexico and were not familiar with the natural history of the Yaqui River & Gulf. When Tad was talking about the Yaqui River flowing into the Gulf, one of them said, "Yaqui River! That's us!"


Sonoran Field Study for Educators

The Sonoran Field Study for Educators has been leading outreach activities since 2001 for teachers interested in learning more about education, cultural, and political issues in the state of Sonora, Mexico.

We believe in creating a safe space in which to visit, learn, reflect and dialog about topics that affect the students and communities in which educators teach. The Sonoran Field Study for Educators provides its participants with:
• Small group size
• Experienced guides
• Pre-trip workshops
• Opportunity to network with other K-12 educators in both the US and Mexico
• 32 hours of professional development credit

The cost of the trips are $400, which includes:
• All travel from Tucson, AZ
• All meals
• 3 nights of lodging
• All activities

We offer 4 trips annually along the following routes (click to download the PDF brochure):

    * January: Desert & Coast: Environment and Livelihoods
    * February: Introduction to Sonora: Education and Landscape
    * April: The Sierra Region: River Valley Towns
    * November: The Southern Coast: Trade and Tourism

Application Materials for January and February 2011 (Word Docs)

For more information please contact:
Colin Deeds,, (520) 626-7234
Dorea Kleker,, (520) 440-2670

The Sonoran Field Study for Educators is supported by a US Department of Education Title VI Grant


University of Arizona Center for Latin American Studies, University of Arizona South, and Outreach College

Earn up to 24 professional development contact hours in three possible locations: Pima County, Santa Cruz County or Cochise County.

Receive a professional development certificate, resource packet and curriculum materials through the institute’s web site, which will be made available during this event.

The Summer Institue is being offered in multiple locations:


Who is eligible: K-12 and community college educators 


1) Main Campus Outreach College USB building

2) Science and technology Park 9040 S Rita Rd. Second floor.


Who is eligible: Educators 7-12

Locations: Exact locations to be announced later.

Schedule Overview

Day 1: Talks by UA professors, including Dr. Javier Duran, Dr. Dolores Duran Cerda and Dr. J.C. Mutchler. Film viewing: Al Otro Lado

Day 2: For Tucson participants: Visits to UA museums and exhibits. For Santa Cruz and Cochise County participants: "Using Field Classrooms for Science Education" with Dr. Netzin Steklis

Followed by discussion and preparation for Round Table on Day 3

Day 3: Round table discussion led by Dr. Denise De Vito. Curriculum and lesson development led by Dr. Archer Israel.

Cost: The cost of participation in the institute is $10/person. Participants will be expected to cover their own lodging, if needed, and transportation to and from the institute.  Lunches will be provided on Days 1 and 2.
Application Materials:

1. Please download the application form to your computer (see bottom of this page).

2. Complete and return to Michelle Kuhns Brodesky by 5pm on May 7.

3. Email application to 

OR fax to 520-626-7248, Attention: Michelle Kuhns Brodesky

OR mail printed version to:

Michelle Kuhns Brodesky

Center for Latin American Studies, Harvill Bldg, Office 307,

PO Box 210076, 

Tucson, AZ 85721-0158.  

4. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by May 14, 2012. The $10 payment will be requested upon acceptance.
This Institute is made possible by a UA Community Connections grant and a Department of Education Transition to Teaching grant.

Speakers Bureau

Our student speakers bureau is designed to serve as a resource for K-12 teachers. Graduate students have given talks on Mexico, Peru, NAFTA, Border Issues, Day of the Dead, Tourism and Sustainable Development. These speakers frequently have field experience in the areas they are willing to talk about and are able to modify their topics to fit your needs. If you have a topic you do not see listed, please feel free to call and ask...we can probably find someone to help you.

Current areas of expertise include:

Geographical Areas of Expertise:

Central America (including Nicaragua, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras)
Mexico (specifically Baja California, Oaxaca, Yucatan, Juarez)
Carribean Islands
US-Mexico border

Topics of Expertise:

Development: Youth, Rural, Sustainable economic development
Social movements/community activism
Civil wars in Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras
Neoliberalism in Latin America
The Muslim world
Mental health
Central American culture and violence
Economic history/development in Latin America
Mexican history
Brazilian history
Gender studies
Curriculum development in IT and English
Peace Corps
Spanish language instruction
Cross-cultural understanding
Journalism in Costa Rica

If you would like to arrange for a student speaker to come to your classroom, please contact the Center for Latin American Studies at 626-7242.




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