Academic group of the program


The Society of Jesus, at the international level, has established as one of its priorities the attention to migratory flows; proof of this is the existence of the Jesuit Migrant Service Network for Central and North America (SJM/CA&NA). 

The Jesuit Service to Migrants (SJM) - Mexico, has promoted the relationship between the Universities entrusted to the Society of Jesus.   From the work developed in the various forums of the Network, academic links have arisen between different institutions.

Since 2007 every semester to date, the Universidad Iberoamericana (IBERO) - Mexico City in collaboration with Loyola University Chicago (LUC) and The Catholic Charities of Chicago carry out the successful international student immersion program focused on migration issues "Academic Practice and Social Service with Mexican migrant population in Chicago, U.S.A.".

To date, 162 students have participated in this program from the different university careers at IBERO, Mexico City: 97 from Psychology and 65 from different careers such as: Communication, International Relations, Nutrition, etc.

Being a professional immersion program allows through academia, professionalization and research that students develop attitude of service, awareness, sensitivity, commitment, critical thinking, justice and social responsibility to the phenomenon of migration living in Mexico and the United States.

Likewise, the Mexican migrant community in Chicago receives professional contributions from qualified students, who provide them with psychosocial intervention and accompaniment in their acculturation process in the face of the vulnerable situation they live through migration.

This is an example of networking with significant impact between Jesuit Universities and Catholic institutions.


Dr. Graciela Polanco - Hernández.  Psychology Department, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City.   [email protected]

Dr. María Vidal de Haymes.  School of Social Work, Loyola University Chicago.  [email protected]

Dr. Caridad Rositas-Sheftel.  Office of Latino Affairs, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago.  [email protected]