In this DeCal, we will examine the topic of immigration at the San Diego-Tijuana border. With the current political climate, it can be overwhelming for one to grasp the different factors that play into immigration at the border; therefore, we will explore the political, social, and cultural history of the immigrant groups who migrated to the US via the Southern border. Through articles, documentaries, art and music, we will create an interactive and safe space to discuss how different immigrant groups have been affected by US immigration policy. We will discuss the history of immigrant groups such as Chinese and Mexican immigrants at the southern border and how different immigrant statuses affect immigrants’ daily lives. By taking a look at various immigrant identities -- such LGBTQ+, women, and children-- we will gain an understanding of the unique challenges these immigrant groups face. Ultimately, we aim to deconstruct misconceptions about immigration and learn from one another through both means of lecture as well as a lot of in-class discussion. In doing so, we will be prepared to assist non-profit organizations that are heavily invested in social justice work for immigrant communities.
Participants are allowed 2 unexcused absences this semester. Class participation will count towards 20% of your grade. Students are expected to participate in class discussions and activities with Zoom cameras on, unless you provide the facilitators with an explanation as to why this may not be possible for you.
Students are expected to participate in 10 outside hours of virtual engagement with community partners throughout the semester. This accounts for 50% of students' grades. Virtual engagement activities may include but are not limited to fundraising, creative projects, and educational presentations with non-profit organizations such as Border Angels. These are the forms of engagement we are currently discussing with the community organizations, but at any point they are subject to change. In order to pass this class (70%), you must participate in community partner related activities throughout the semester.
Weekly reflections on assigned readings, media, and art will count towards 20% of your grade. The final project will make up 10% of students' grades.
|Section 1||Jesus Gonzalez and Solei Sarmiento||15||Zoom||[W] 6:00PM-7:30PM||02/03/2021||Open||--||--|