CCLP Puerto Rico


The Institute for Latino Studies is offering a new summer enrichment experience in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Students will be placed in community organizations that have established service-learning relationships with the University of Sagrado Corazon in Santurce, Puerto Rico. To prepare for this unique experience, four workshops will be offered by Professor Moreno on campus in March-April. Once in Puerto Rico, a University of Sagrado Corazon faculty member will lead a 1-week course and advise students in their respective placements for the remaining three weeks.  

This program includes the following:

  • A summer service learning and immersion experience based on the existing Cross Cultural Leadership Program model that ILS organizes in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington, DC. each summer   

  • ND Partnership with the University of Sagrado Corazon and local community organizations that address sustainability issues in San Juan

  • A 4-week commitment from May 30 to June 29, 2020, with a final presentation on June 26th

  • 4 orientation meetings with an ILS faculty fellow on campus in March-April

  • Participation in a panel discussion in September 2020

  • Immersion in a U.S. Latino community, university environment, and city

  • Fluent Spanish conversation, reading, and writing strongly desired

  • Living in a university dorm with fellow ND students in the program, approx. 5

  • A $600 stipend

Requirements and Opportunities

 Latino Studies Scholars and Latino Studies supplementary major/minors benefit from priority placement in the program. The Puerto Rico immersion experience will have a 1 week course at the front end and a full-time, 3 week placement at an organization addressing critical issues such as:

  • Environmental issues -  Hurricane recovery and justice issues

  • Water resources - biology, research from lab to community

  • Education - literacy and early childhood education

  • Public Health - clinical experience and disease prevention/education

  • Community development -neighborhood resource groups

  • Economic development - business and marketing plans

  • Communications - short film documentaries, marketing, social media

  • Civil Rights - legal, poverty and social stratification issues

Specific information about projects available may be provided at the interview. 

Moreover, students may elect to extend their summer by enrolling in University of Sagrado summer session #2 course(s) for three additional weeks at their own cost (tuition, dorm room, board).