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 »

The Human Rights Debate: Between the cynicism of Mexican authorities and the dignity of the people

03/09/2015 - 03/23/2015
VT, MA, RI and CT

Pablo Obando of the Fray Bartolome de las Casas Human Rights Center in Chiapas, Mexico will be accompanied by MSN representative Stuart Schussler. Mexico is at a watershed moment: the forced disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa rural teachers college students set off a tidal wave of indignation and massive protests. While these heinous acts occur within a larger pattern of State violence, including decades of repression in Chiapas, society's emphatic response shows these communities are not passive victims.

Maiz y el Pais: Political Violence in Mexico and Corn's Lessons for Justice

02/16/2015 - 02/27/2015
NY and PA: Philadelphia, NYC, Poughkeepsie, New Paltz, Albany, Ithaca, and Fredonia

Luz Rivera will speak State-sponsored political violence in Mexico and how corn is a symbol for autonomy and the dignified struggle for a better world. Luz has 20 years of experience constructing autonomy, organizing outside the electoral system, and resisting genetically modified corn while protecting millennia-old varieties. Luz is an amazingly inspiring speaker with a wealth of experience and her talk will have important lessons for anyone interested in human rights, women's, peasant, and labor 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.

Study Abroad

Summer 2015
June 21 - July 18 (Chiapas)
app deadline April 1st

Fall 2015
August 30 - Nov 28 (Mexico)
December 7 - 19 (Chicago)
​app deadline May 1st

Apply now!
Applicants accepted on a rolling basis.

AUSM Master’s Program

Autonomous University of Social Movements Master’s Program in Community Organizing

Accepting applications for Fall 2015. Find out more!