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XITO'S 10th Annual Summer Institute! June 30 - July 2, 2023


JUNE 30 - JULY 2, 2023

Join us this summer in Tucson to celebrate a decade of fighting for and building decolonial Ethnic Studies! Growing out of struggle, XITO has resisted attacks, including a seven year legal battle, that we are once again facing nationally - la lucha continúa - as we continue to build in solidarity with our comrades and colegas committed to our collective liberation.


XITO's tenth annual summer institute is a 3-day opportunity to engage in and learn about the decolonizing and re-humanizing Ethnic Studies methodologies developed by our collective, including our TIAHUI framework. This gathering is intended for educators, administrators, artists and community organizers who are committed to authentic Ethnic Studies and fighting for our youth and communities facing dehumanizing legislation and opposition. Workshops will include foundational underpinnings of Ethnic Studies teaching, curricular examples, intersectional methodologies and an evening of celebration with Flor y Canto.


The institute will run from 8:30am - 3:30pm on Friday June 30 & Saturday July 1st, and from 8:30am - 12pm on Sunday July 2nd. A more detailed agenda will be sent out by the end of May. 


The summer institute costs $700. This price includes 3 days of in-person interactive workshops and materials, breakfast and lunch each day and an evening of Flor y Canto which includes dinner. Participants are responsible for arranging their own housing and transportation. Registration must be paid in full by June 9, 2023. 


The summer institute will take place at City Center for Collaborative Learning in downtown Tucson.


Most participants seek funding from their educational institutions. We have limited scholarship funds available so we ask that if you do have access to institutional funding that you use it. The deadline to apply for scholarships is May 19, 2023. Scholarships will be awarded by May 26, 2023. 


May 19 - Scholarship Applications due

May 26 - Scholarships Awarded 

June 9 - Registration & payment due

Questions? Contact us!


​The institute is located at CITY Center for Collaborative Learning, 37 E Pennington St in downtown Tucson.



620 S 6th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701

BorderLinks is a community-based organization where people collectively learn, teach, reflect, share resources, and organize for justice in the borderlands. Through popular education rooted in place and lived experience, BorderLinks and community partners inspire and ignite action to transform unjust border and (im)migration laws and conditions. We belong to movements for social transformation & collective liberation.

The BorderLinks facilities include dorm style sleeping space, use of a fully equipped shared kitchen, common areas with tables and couches, a yard with picnic tables, gender neutral bathrooms, showers, and a large parking lot. Wifi, bedding, towels, coffee, tea included. Located centrally between downtown and south Tucson, there are many restaurants, cultural event spaces, and justice organizations within walking distance or easily accessible on public transportation. The nightly rate/person is $47/night; using a reparations and equity model, we invite guests to consider paying more as they're able or request discounts as needed. Email if interested. We would love to have you stay with us!



The following hotels are close to downtown Tucson although better deals may be found online.

Hotel Congress

311 E Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701  

(cool historic hotel & music venue,  close to institute location) 


Hotel McCoy 

720 W Silverlake Rd, Tucson, AZ 85713

(hip motel with cool art & great free breakfast - 2.5 miles from downtown)


Tuxon Hotel

960 S Freeway Road, Tucson, AZ 85745 - not walking distance


Doubletree Tucson Downtown

280 S. Church Avenue, Tucson, Arizona, 85701

Upscale hotel attached to Tucson Convention Center


There are many Airbnb options close to downtown Tucson. The institute will be at CITY Center for Collaborative Learning, located at 47 E Pennington St. The closest neighborhoods to our location are: Barrio Viejo, Armory Park, West University, Dunbar Springs, 4th Avenue, Barrio Hollywood, & Menlo Park

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