Community Programs

Looking for a way to engage your community around issues of immigration and the border?

Our Community Workshops aim to provide educational programs to groups who would like a shorter educational experience for their class, church, or civic group. Offered on a sliding scale basis, Community Workshops provide interactive learning experiences around issues such as immigration & economic policy, fair trade, privilege, and intercultural understanding.

If you are interested in setting up a workshop or would like to learn more about our programs, please contact a member of the Education Department by calling us at 520-628-8263 or emailing us at We look forward to working with you!

Available Workshops

Legal Immigration Simulation
This simulation turns participants into potential immigrants navigating the legal system, to help answer the commonly encountered question, “Why don’t they just get in line and come over legally?”

Free Trade Simulation                                                                                   

This audience-participation skit explains the history and effects of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), providing a foundation for a discussion on immigration and economics– with some laughs along the way!

Political Cartoon Workshop 
With a selection of political cartoons from the last hundred and fifty years, participants in this workshop look for patterns in what the media says about immigrants. More than just chuckles at clever cartoons, this discussion encourages investigation into U.S. policy and views of immigration over time.

Immigration Simulation
Playing the part of small U.S. corn farmers, rural Mexican corn farmers, corporate CEOs, government officials, and law enforcement, participants experience first hand how corn, food, and free trade policies play an important role in the roots of migration.

Life on the Border in Art
Collage, paint, or sculpt your reactions, thoughts, and feelings –whatever is sparked by the video clips, music, or stories presented by our educators. Art supplies provided.

Sustainable Food & Immigration                                                    

This presentation and follow-up discussion focus on the connections between food systems and patterns of migration. Participants are encouraged to reflect on the economic realities of food, agriculture, labor, and immigration in the U.S. and Mexico, and everyday actions that impact these interconnected systems. 

Border History                                                                                              
Learn about the evolution of the U.S./Mexico border and how it has been — and continues to be — shaped by government policies.

Market Basket Survey
Explore the prices of everyday groceries in Border Town Mexico; then compare the time cost of those items with groceries purchased in the United States. This interactive workshop leads to discussion of and reflection on how our food system guarantees low prices, and how different it is to shop and eat in Mexico.