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At the conference, you will have an opportunity to see theories of engagement in practice during two site visits. The site visits will allow conference attendees to see firsthand how Universidad Veracruzana is working with people in the community to address pressing societal issues.

Conference attendees may choose the site visits they wish to attend. Attendees are welcome to visit one site per day. Transportation will be provided and sign-ups will take place on-site at the conference orientation on June 20, 2017.

Friday, 23 June, 2017

Option 1: Tour the region of Ixhuacán de los Reyes and visit UV’s University House, Casa Coyopolan.

Distance from university: 44 km/ 27 miles. (Travel time: About 1 hour).

UV offers multiple projects to the Coyopolan community including construction of a sports center and workshops in environmental education.

Option 2: Tour the marginalized west side region of Xalapa and visit UV’s University House, Casa Molino de San Roque.

Distance from university: 17 km/ 10.5 miles. (Travel time: 30 minutes).

The area, which contains two protected cloud forests, suffers from unemployment, overpopulation, pollution, and chronic degenerative diseases. University projects at San Roque include literacy workshops and film workshops.

Saturday, 24 June, 2017

Option 1: Visit UV’s University House, El Conejo, for a workshop with the community, UV staff and students.

Distance from university: 70 km/ 43.5 miles. (Travel time: About 1 hour).

This town of about 1,044 has most of its economic activity in potato farming and small businesses. One of many challenges residents face is a draining workforce, as many men are leaving for other towns.

Option 2: (8 hour long site visit): Visit to Universidad Veracruzana’s Intercultural College, Grandes Montañas,

Distance from university: 224 km/ 139 miles. (Travel time: About 3 hours).

This UNESCO-awarded site sits amid mountains in the town of Tequila. Residents of the town mostly speak Nahuatl.