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Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

Peter Simpson


This International Education Design and Delivery Capstone describes the research and design of a proposed semester-long study abroad program entitled Connecting Cultural Ties with Latinx Identity: An Explorative Semester in Mexico City. The hybrid program is designed for undergraduate students of the University of California as a heritage seeking semester in Mexico City that fulfills Latin American Studies and International Migration Studies degree requirements. Through faculty-led seminars, direct enrollment at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and cultural excursions, students will examine Latin American culture, the bicultural identity of Hispanics living in the United States, and Mexican social justice issues. Furthermore, from participating in reflections and two diversity and inclusion trainings, students will reflect on the role of prejudice, privilege, and oppression when examining identity and immigration.

Additionally, the program strives to increase study abroad participation of Latinx students who have been traditionally underrepresented in study abroad. The term Latinx refers to anyone of Hispanic heritage and includes all genders. To inform the design the research presents the following: barriers to study abroad for Latinx students; the academic, professional, and personal benefits of study abroad; Latinx’ ethnic identity development in contemporary U.S. society; strategies to increase the participation of Latinx in study abroad; and the importance of heritage seeking study abroad for Latinx.

Key Terms: Hispanic heritage, heritage seeking, study abroad, Latinx identity, Mexican culture


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Higher Education | International and Comparative Education


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