Justice in January

Artwork at the Nogales border 

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.

The immersion experience takes place the last week of winter break from January 2-9, 2022.

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 on April 15, 2021 at 9am. Please visit the Justice in January page for registration details and fee waiver information.