Justice in January

Artwork at the Nogales border 

Update: Justice in January has been suspended for the 2020-2021 academic year. Registration for Justice in January 2022 will open in April 2021.

Justice in January is a week-long immersion trip where students explore the realities of immigration and border issues along the U.S./Mexico border. The semester before traveling to the border students take a one credit course that provides a brief sociologically-informed political, economic, and cultural overview of the U.S./Mexico border. Students will utilize this common baseline of knowledge to inform their immersion experience.

During the immersion students enter into dialogue with individuals impacted by immigration, community leaders, non-profit and government agencies to better understand the complexities of immigration. Students have the opportunity to cross the border to learn from and serve with organizations that provide assistance to and accompany migrants.

Students will register for SOSJ 280: Justice in January after signing up for the immersion experience through the Center for Community Engagement (CCE). The course will meet on Fridays from 12:10–1p.m. at the end of the fall 2021 semester and the beginning of the spring 2022 semester.

Health insurance is required to participate in this program. If you have any questions or concerns please contact CCE before you register for the program.

Sites for 2021-2022:

  • Tucson, Arizona/Nogales, Arizona and Mexico
  • San Diego, California/Tijuana, Mexico
  • El Paso, Texas


Registration for Justice in January 2022 will open in April 2021. The program will be filled on a first come, first served basis.


Fee Waivers

Fee waivers are available for this program. Please visit the fee waivers page for more information.