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Tufts Civic Semester Southwest

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And they’re off

Cara, Dragons Admin

Hello Friends and Family, A quick note to let you know that all Civic Semester students are now through security and/or traveling onward from Tucson. We are ever so grateful to Angelia, Ben, Biani, Caroline, Empress, Isaac, Lily, Loey, and Wevhu for......Read More

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The Canelo Project

Caroline Bewley, Participant

Two weeks ago, our cohort visited the Canelo Project, or, as Angelia calls it, Smurf Village. At its core, the Canelo Project is an exploration of what it means to feel connected—connected to land, to people, to your body. When we arrived at the......Read More

Tufts Civic Semester Southwest

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Notes about Return Travel

Cara, Dragons Admin

Dear Family and Friends,  It’s hard to believe that almost 13 weeks have passed since the Civic Semester students embarked on their journey to the Southwest! It won’t be long until students will be boarding their planes to depart the......Read More

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We are off to Tucson!

Jac Kovarik, Instructor

Hello friends and family! I hope you are all coming off a lovely week enjoying time with family and friends. We had an incredibly full past week, full of joy and also mourning. On Wednesday we spent a day in Bisbee, AZ after watching Bisbee 17 and......Read More

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Chiracauhua: considering the desert and sky...

Bradford, Instructor

Yak of the Week

For the last five weeks, we have been in and around one of the most biodiverse areas on the continent, and even the planet. If you were to look up Rodeo, NM, or the San Bernardino Valley, or the Chiracauhua mountains, or even if you were to drive......Read More

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Exploring the Borderlands with Gooch

Wevhu Tokwe, Participant

On Thursday of our week camping and learning in Patagonia, we spent our day with Gooch who is a conservationist at Borderlands Restoration Network. With his experience as a 5th generation rancher in the borderlands, Gooch had so much to say not only......Read More

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DAY 1 AT BORDERLANDS RESTORATION NETWORK

Loey Waterman, Participant

This past week we visited Borderlands Restoration Network (BRN) which is an organization based in Patagonia, Arizona. From November 9th to 12th, we worked with various programs and branches of BRN which all focused around preserving and restoring......Read More

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Day 2 at Borderlands Restoration Network

Biani Ebie, Participant

From Tuesday the 9th till Friday the 12th we did an organization visit with Borderlands Restoration Network (BRN) in Patagonia, Arizona. BRN is a non-profit made up of smaller organizations, like the Deep Dirt Institute and the Native Plant Nursery,......Read More

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No Mas Muertes, No More Deaths

Lily Feng, Participant

“The antithesis of [the] border is genuine connection with people”  Finn, No More Deaths Volunteer  Saturday, November 6th, 2021 marks the Civic Semester’s second site visit in this portion of our trip in the Southern New Mexico and Arizona......Read More

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Canyon Creek Hike

Ben Chisam, Participant

Yak of the Week

On November 5th, we got up early, ate some breakfast, and drove to Arizona. The air was cool and crisp, and as our cars climbed into the mountains, it began to feel like fall again. Since coming further south, we’ve gotten accustomed to the......Read More

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Flowers and Bullets

Biani Ebie, Participant

Greeting friends and family, we had our first organization visit in Tucson, Arizona and I will start by saying that it was truly inspiring! On October 29th, we set off bright and early at 6 am for our long awaited visit with our first organization......Read More

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Back from Big Bend

Angelia & Isaac, Participant

Yak of the Week

Hi friends! We are back! Last week, our civic semester cohort spent three nights camping at Big Bend Ranch State Park in Southern Texas. During the camping trip, we went on a 5-hour hike to improve our endurance and catch the gorgeous canyon view......Read More

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Dreams, Soaked in Pink

Empress Jones, Participant

Yak of the Week

If you lay on your back, And throw your hands to the sky, Between every finger is a star you can find!   If you close your eyes, Just for a second, You’ll find a place for your dreams to fly!   And when you choose, To open your eyes,......Read More

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Casa Carmelita!

Loey Waterman, Participant

Yak of the Week

On the 16th and 17th of October, we had the absolute privilege of spending our entire days learning from the founding and contributing members of an organization called “Casa Carmelita” based in El Paso, Texas. No more than 20 yards away from a......Read More