Agroecology and Latinx Culture in the Willamette Valley

Language Requirement: 2.5 Years
Academic Standing by Program Start: Sophomore or above
Location: Americas
GPA: 2.75
Program Overview

Would you like to earn eight upper-division credits in Spanish over four weeks this summer in a living outdoor laboratory for sustainable and socially conscious agriculture?

Apply now to join “Agroecology and Latinx Culture in the Willamette Valley,” a small-group bilingual Spanish-English field school dedicated to hands-on learning in organic farming and community-based cultural critique at the intersections of immigrant rights and food justice. 

This local intercultural program features two weeks of remote instruction and two weeks of in-person fieldwork at Stoneboat Farm, a 30-acre transitional organic farm located in Oregon. It is designed to be accessible to students not able to study internationally and especially well-suited to in-person immersive learning under current COVID-19 precautions.

Program Dates:

  • June 21-25 (Remote Learning Unit I)
  • June 28-July 2 (Two-week Residential Field School Learning Unit)
  • July 5-July 9 (Remote Learning Unit II)

** GEO programs are under continuous review during this period of global uncertainty and limited travel. All program details outlined on this page, including program cost, are subject to change if global or location-specific conditions require modifications to the program structure.

Academic Details

Upon acceptance to the program through Global Education Oregon, you will enroll in two Summer Session I classes offered exclusively for program participants: 

  1. SPAN 299, Agroecology and Food Justice in the Americas (4 credits; satisfies four SPAN elective credits). 
  2. SPAN 399, Latinx Stories and Strategies of Resistance to Agricultural Imperialism (4 credits; satisfies four SPAN “Expertise/in-residence” requirements as well as General Education U.S. Difference, Inequality, Agency or Global Perspectives Requirements).

These courses focus on examining Latinx critiques of agroindustry in art, literature, and film; making connections between transborder food systems and human rights in the Americas; and expanding our knowledge of agroecology through practical lessons in soil science, seeding in the greenhouse, applying organic amendments, harvesting techniques, and developing usable blueprints for creating sustainable livelihoods and resilient intercultural communities. You will finish the program with the ability to articulate your own unique visions for how sustainable agriculture can function as a catalyst for a more equitable and inclusive society in the Pacific Northwest and across borders throughout the Americas.

Faculty and Staff

Analisa Taylor specializes in Latin American cultural production and social movements; race, gender, sexuality, and coloniality in Mexico and the Mesoamerican diaspora; and transborder immigrant rights, food sovereignty, and environmental justice. To learn more about Professor Taylor’s areas of specialization and written works, click here and contact her at analisa@uoregon.edu with questions about the program.


Jesse Nichols is a UO graduate in Spanish and International Studies and holds an MA in Spanish from Portland State University. Through his involvement with the nonprofit Adelante Mujeres, the local farmworker’s union, Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN), and his non-profit organization, https://www.campopdx.org/, and as co-owner of Stoneboat Farm, Jesse has built a strong collaborative relationship with Latinx farmers, entrepreneurs, and community organizers in the area. Contact Jesse at escuelahelvetia@gmail.com.

Housing Description
Shared student housing near the farm.
Additional requirements

Priority will be given to applicants who will have completed two Spanish courses at the 300 level by the start of the program and have maintained a 3.00 GPA in all Spanish courses taken at the 300 level or above. A bilingual Spanish-English interview with program leaders will also help determine your aptitude for success in the program and help us to shape it according to your interests and needs.  

Participants will be handling soils, plants, and gardening implements while engaged in activities on the farm. We will be in an outdoor environment characterized by varied terrain and weather conditions, including the direct sun and high temperatures. Students must be able to manage their own health under these conditions.

Application process
This program will require students to register for the two courses mentioned above through Duckweb for summer 2021.
Dates and Deadlines
 
Term Year Priority Deadline Deadline Arrival Date Departure Date
Summer 2021 2/15/2021 4/15/2021 6/21/2021 7/17/2021

Travel Advisories

For current health, safety, and travel advisory information, search the US Department of State country webpage.

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.