"El Magonista"
Vol. 4 No. 24
June 15, 2016

Latest on our Summer, Fall & Winter 2016 Dreamers Study Abroad Program
The California-Mexico Studies Center 
Armando Vazquez-Ramos, President & CEO  
1551 N. Studebaker Road, Long Beach, CA 90815
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The California-Mexico Studies Center (CMSC) is pleased to celebrate the initiation of our 4th California-Mexico Dreamers Study Abroad Program, which will give 35 Dreamers and 6 staff assistants the unique opportunity to return for the first time to their birthplace with an educational Advance Parole travel-study program in Mexico this summer from July 26, 2016 to August 16, 2016.

The  Summer 2016 California-Mexico Dreamers Study Abroad Program  is a subsequent project that builds upon the CMSC's Winter 2015 demonstration program, which offered 30 DACA-protected Dreamers from  18 different colleges and universities in the Los Angeles metropolitan area , a 24-day travel-study experience in Mexico City and Cuernavaca, Morelos.
The   Summer 2016   California-Mexico Dreamers Study Abroad Program  
will have representation from 14 different colleges and universities from Northern, Central, and Southern California, including a social worker/counselor from Highland Park High School in Highland Park, Illinois.

Specifically, our Summer 2016 program includes 12 participants from CSU Long Beach, 12 participants from CSU Northridge, 3 participants from LA Mission College, and 1 participant from CSU Chico, Chapman University, East Los Angeles College, University of Southern California, La Verne University, UC Riverside, LA Valley College, CSU Bakersfield, CSU Dominguez Hills, Long Beach City College and UC Santa Cruz.    


The California-Mexico Studies Center (CMSC) is also pleased to announce the launching of two new California-Mexico Dreamers Study Abroad Programs to travel in the Fall and Winter 2016 terms. Both Fall and Winter programs will offer DACA-mented students the unique opportunity to study-abroad in Mexico for 21 days.  During their 3-week travel-study experience, the participating Dreamers will also have the chance to travel independently and discover Mexico on their own, and/or visit their birthplace to reconnect with their families and relatives for 9 days.

After their independent family travel, the Dreamers will proceed to Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico where they will immerse into a comprehensive language and cultural educational program at the Centro Tlahuica de Lenguas e Intercambio Cultural (CETLALIC) Institute; which consists of historical, cultural, linguistic, and academic "cátedras" on social movements, the Mexican educational, economic and political systems, various museum and archeological visits, and a 10-day home-stay living experience with Mexican host families while attending CETLALIC.

The CMSC will continue to raise funds and solicit colleges and universities to provide scholarships for applicants who want to participate in our California-Mexico Dreamers Study abroad programs. However, the CMSC cannot predict how many participants can be supported financially by the CMSC through fundraising and sponsors.

Since we have included many Dreamers that were willing to pay all program expenses on their own ($5,000) in our Summer 2016 program, the Fall and Winter 2016 program application is open to anyone that is interested to participate as self-paid participant.

Unlike previous California-Mexico Dreamers Study Abroad programs which were partially funded by grants from foundations such as the U.S.-Mexico Foundation and the J untos Podemos Foundation, the CMSC has thus far not been able to secure foundation grants to support the Fall and Winter 2016 Programs.


Given that the CMSC has no funding at this time for scholarships to support future participants in our programs, the application for the Fall 2016 program is only for Dreamers that are willing to pay on their own the full amount of their participation (a total of $5,000).

Whereas the Winter 2016 program is open for applicants that are willing to pay on their own, we invite applicants that can only pay the required minimum of $2,500, and encourage Dreamers to continue seeking funding for at least $2,500 in financial support from their own college/university or independent sponsors.

Please be aware that you can apply for either program or both, depending on your personal financial resources and time availability during the travel dates.



  • Application deadline: July 20, 2016
  • Travel Dates: October 15, 2016 to November 6, 2016
  • Open to 'Self-Paid' participants only

  • Application deadline: August 31, 2016
  • Travel Dates: December 18, 2016 to January 15, 2017
  • Open to sponsored and/or Self-Paid participants

Also note that this is the initial phase of the application process, and once you complete and email the application form, you will be instructed to complete the second phase, which requires you to send 2 letters of recommendation.


The Fall and Winter 2016 California-Mexico Dreamers Study Abroad Programs build upon the CMSC's Spring and Winter 2015 demonstration programs, which offered 47 DACA-protected Dreamers from 18 different colleges and universities in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, a travel-study experience in Mexico City and Cuernavaca, Morelos.

The Winter program applied improvements based on the lessons learned from the original pilot projects for 16 Dreamers during Prof. Armando Vazquez-Ramos' Spring Break classes of 2014 and 2015, including a more rigorous academic program with an emphasis on perfecting Spanish language skills, enhancing their knowledge of Mexican culture and history, and guided visits to archeological sites and museums.

  • Establish a replicable educational program model for Dreamers' Study Abroad Projects at other colleges and universities through the DACA Advance Parole process;
  • Establish the administrative framework for a model that can be reproduced by any U.S. institution of Higher Education;
  • Continue and expand video and photo documentation of Dreamers' human stories;
  • Prepare participant Dreamers as ambassadors of the model, for them to replicate similar programs at their own colleges and universities, based on their personal experience;
  • Train the participants to become advocates and providers of DACA/Advance Parole processing services;
  • Allow the Dreamers to spend 1 to 2 weeks in their communities of origin with their family and relatives, and to discover their roots in Mexico on their own;

To qualify, applicants must have current DACA status, commit to assist other Dreamers upon return and meet all program requirements, including:
  • Be 21 years-old or older at the time of travel;
  • Have a current passport from the Dreamers' country of origin;
  • Secure Advance Parole authorization from USCIS (after being accepted to the program);
  • Commit to travel and participate in all program activities;
  • Must have at least $2,500 in advance for airfare, registration, tuition, & Advance Parole fees, or the full amount of $5,000 to also cover the $2,500 travel-study expense while in Mexico.
The selected participants will benefit from the Fall/Winter 2016 California-Mexico Dreamers Study Abroad Program's educational and cultural experience as follows:
  • CSULB course credit, Spanish and Mexican Culture instruction;
  • Room & Board, field trips, meals and local transportation;
  • Visit with family and discover Mexico during the study abroad experience;
  • Re-enter the U.S. legally and allow Dreamers to clear the prior unauthorized entry;
  • Develop leadership skills to create similar programs or other projects that benefit Dreamers.

Download the following application form, fill it out, and email it to: records@calmexcenter.org


If you have any questions, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions Page (FAQ's) before you apply!


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