“You Don’t Always Have To Go Abroad To Learn About a Different Culture”: Experience the Communities of the Navajo and Tohono O’odham Nations this Summer!

March 27, 2024

What are your plans for this Summer? The University of Arizona’s Cultural & Inclusive Experiential Learning Opportunities (CIELO) is inviting you to join them on a unique experience of intercultural immersion, learning and engagement in Native American communities on the Navajo Nation and the Tohono O’odham from May 26th to June 1st. Participants will explore and engage with the Navajo and Tohono O'odham people, history, and culture through cooking classes, meeting with tribal leadership, college visits, and structured opportunities for reflection on the broader social, economic, and political contexts of the indigenous communities in Arizona.

“Arizona has many diverse cultures, people, history, and places that many do not know about or interact with. This program offers an opportunity to get a glimpse of these cultures and people through meaningful programming and interactions. It shows that you do not have to go far from home to know a different world, ”shared Martel Serwenda, Senior Coordinator for the program.

CIELO’s Tribal Nations program was first launched in in June of 2023 in collaboration with the Agnese Nelms Huary Program in Environment and Social Justice (the Haury Program) and other UArizona campus partners and community partners, particularly Indigenous Resilience Center (IRes)and Native American Advancement & Tribal Enagement (NAATE), to offer a CIELO experience within the Navajo, Hopi, Pasqua Yaqui, & Tohono O’odham Nations. 

For a full story, and information on how to sign up, visit UA NAAIR!