The Autonomous University of Social Movements (AUSM) is an alternative educational program focused on the study of social movements in Mexico, socialism in Cuba, and community organizing in Chicago. AUSM combines rigorous theoretical study, participatory action research, and experiential learning with powerful social actors struggling for justice, autonomy, and democracy. Find out more »

Study in Cuba or México with the Autonomous University of Social Movements (AUSM)

Spring 2017:

Cuba (16 credits): Jan 29 – April 28, Optional Chicago re-entry program: May 1-13
App deadline: Nov 1st

Focus on the history, culture and politics of Cuba, with special emphasis on the Cuban revolution.  Program features home stays in a working class barrio of Havana, plus visits to the other cuban provinces and Varadero beach.

Mexico (16 credits): Jan 28 - April 30, Optional Chicago re-entry program: May 1-13
App deadline: June 30

Focus on the theory and practice of Mexican social movements.  Six weeks in Chiapas with the Zapatista movement, four weeks in Mexico City with housing movements, and three weeks in Tlaxcala with urban and campesino movements.


1st Global Festival of Resistances & Rebellions Against Capitalism

From Dec 21st to January 3rd, the Zapatistas invited social actors from all over Mexico and the world to share and celebrate with communities in struggle against capitalism. At the end of the event, the National Indigenous Congress met to discuss the state of Mexico and the world from below and to the left.

Here are a seven brief interviews of different movement participants with subtitles in English.

Unique Master's in Community Organizing


Master's in Community Organizing with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and AUSM

Learn the theory and practice of community organizing from teachers and mentors who spent a life time at it. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee master's degree in community organizing is a unique collaborative partnership with the Autonomous University of Social Movements (AUSM). Based in the Centro Autónomo in Chicago, the program offers the only master degree in community organizing in the country. Students combine discussion-based academic classes with hands on experience and regular mentoring from experienced community organizers.

Classes include:



Spring 2017
Mexico: Jan 28 - April 30
Cuba: Jan 29 - April 28
Application deadline Nov 1st

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Applicants accepted on a rolling basis.