Learning Beyond the Classroom
Our students are encouraged to take their learning beyond the classroom walls into the field where they are mentored by their professors.
Classrooms without walls include:
- Living on a 100,000 acre cattle ranch for a portion of the summer doing oral histories and assisting Dr. MacKenzie in doing research for a book and documentary on ranching women and cowgirls in southern New Mexico.
- Learning about the history, folklore and story-telling in Pueblo and Navajo cultures from members of the community, and how to make SW style jewelry.
- Visiting the desert southwest and experiencing the diverse culture, landscape and sky. The field work included trips to Native American pueblos, the desert, museums, nature preserves, and camping under the stars in Chaco Canyon. Students met with and learned from southwestern artists, writers, environmentalists, biologists, and astronomers as they traveled across New Mexico and Arizona with three professors.
- During Internships and Directed Study students have gained experience working on presidential campaigns, internships in the Statehouse, with LGBT youth, creating and implementing Diversity programs in local high schools and the workplace, with teenage girls who are substance abusers, and with victims of domestic violence.
- Internships and Directed Study are available for students to further their education in women, gender and diversity. Contact the director for more information.