Arizona: Footsteps of Migration on the Arizona Border



Program Description 

This is a faculty-led program to the US/Arizona border to explore the multiple issues involved in the current forced migration and children camp detentions. We will be visiting agencies, facilities and immersing ourselves in the experience of those fleeing their homelands and trying to enter the United States. This is for students who are interested in migration, immigration policies, human rights, current events, politics, and issues involved in supporting families and children through difficult conditions.

Through a week-long immersive experience at the Arizona/Mexican border, you will visit agencies involved, talk to service providers, and “walk” in the footsteps of forced migrants. You will learn more about current immigration issues and border control policies. 

BorderLinks organization has been helping groups become aware of these issues for many years. They have designed a week-long itinerary that will take us through many aspects of the immigration crisis and the lived experiences of life along the US/Mexico border. This program will not cross the border, it will take place in the U.S. Please find information for DACA students below.

Dreamer Info:

DACA students can go through inland checkpoints, which means that we can visit the border wall on the Nogales, Arizona side. DACA students should carry their valid work permit. If it is soon to expire (3 months prior to expiration dates), they should also have proof that they have resubmitted their DACA application and it is being processed. The letter received from ICE is sufficient. We have DACA employees who take delegations to the border wall and have to go through the inland checkpoints. There is one main inland checkpoint coming back to Tucson from Nogales, Arizona.


SCWK 180 Individual Studies (1 unit)

Individual work on special topics by arrangement.

Prerequisite: Department major.


faculty nicole dubus

Program Leader: Nicole Dubus

I am a social worker and have worked in the field forever. My passion for social work led me to teach it in hopes of making this world a better place for all. What drives me in my field is empathy for others; and what fascinates me in my field is the discipline's lens that perceives each person intra-psychically as well as how family, society, policies and global events influence them. Both empathy and my fascination have led me to my research on forced migration. Forced migration includes refugees fleeing war-torn countries, asylum seekers looking for safety and security, and others who are pushed out of their homeland because of economic necessity, safety, and climate changes. Another remarkable element of this discipline is its view of people throughout their life courses. Who are we as children, adults, as we age, as we face death? How do our ages and experiences shape who we are and how we behave? And, importantly, what helps people change. I approach travel with the same curiosity and wonder as I do my work.





It is important to note that each program's total cost will vary depending on the location and the package it offers.  

$250 SJSU Special Session Tuition ($250 per unit)
$200 Administrative Fee 
$1,335 Program fees, lodging, class materials and class related tours approximately*
$1,785  Total Program Cost


* Airfare is not included.  


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