Antonio Gutierrez is the coordinator of the housing project of Centro Autonomo, Casas del Pueblo Community Land Trust. He holds a B.Arch from the Illinois Insitute of Technology. His previous work as a community organizer and activist is around the issues of immigration, education, and as main coordinator of the Immigrant Youth Justice League. Contact: antonio at mexicosolidarity dot org


Isabel Valenzuela is the coordinator of education and community organizing of Centro Autonomo. She graduated from the High School program of Centro Autonomo in the year 2013. She has participated in the collective and cooperative groups of Centro Autonomo, groups such as Cleaning Power, Events Committe, and Asambleas. She has an extensive communication with the community members of Centro Autonomo. Contact: isabel at mexicosolidarity dot org

Tony Nelson has worked as a community organizer, teacher, and human rights activist around the issues of immigration, education, prison education, anti-neoliberalism, and US-sponsored torture and currently serves as the director for the Mexico study abroad program. He received a BA from Grand Valley State University and a MA from Syracuse University in the areas of communication theory, rhetoric, and philosophy. Contact: tony at mexicosolidarity dot org

Stuart Schussler is a professor of social movement analysis on the Study Abroad and Master's programs and also a speaking tour coordinator. He holds a master's degree in International Relations from the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales- Ecuador and a BA from DePauw University. His previous work includes popular education work teaching English as a second language, human rights observation concerning a mining conflict in Intag, Ecuador and work with undocumented Colombian refugees organizing for their rights in Quito. Contact: stuart at mexicosolidarity dot org

Dra. Maria Gloria Benavides Guevara is a professor of Spanish and Mexican culture in the Study Abroad Program. She holds a doctorate in anthropology from the CIESAS in Mexico City. Contact: elisa at mexicosolidarity dot org

Dr. Tom Hansen is the International Education Director of the Mexico Solidarity Network. From 1988 to 1997 Tom was the Director of Pastors for Peace. From 1987 to 1988 he organized the first national material aid caravan to Latin America as National Coordinator of the Veterans Peace Convoy to Nicaragua. From 1984-1986 he was co-founder of the New York-Nicaragua Construction Brigade. He has a doctorate in rural development from the UAM-Xochimilco in Mexico City. Contact: tom at mexicosolidarity dot org