Indigenous’ Culture Immersion

featuring PSYDEH and Chicago School of Professional Psychology

In March 2022, we had the opportunity to welcome a group of students from Chicago School of Professional Psychology to work remotely in the Mexico Field Experience.

In this encounter, the purpose was immersing students in the field of psychology through the Mexican lens,  incorporated by aspects of their culture, traditions, history, and some of the social challenges that this country faces like gender based-issues, the impact of covid-19 and vulnerability of Indigenous communities.


Students were in contact with experts on social issues in Mexico, psychologists, investigators and non-profit organizations to learn from experts of how psychology is done in this country.

For this program, we applied some aspects of the iPBL methodology, whose purpose is to help students to gain skills like intercultural communication, adaptability, global awareness, critical thinking, and personal development, through the creation of a solution of a real company case.

With this in mind, one of the most relevant activities of the program consisted in working with a Mexican NGO and helping them to solve a problem of the organization regarding vulnerable communities.

This NGO is called PSYDEH, a nonprofit organization who serves indigenous, rural and migrant communities at the convergence of rights and human and communal development.

PSYDEH's Mission:

“We empower women and their communities to find sustainable solutions to problems by building trust and promoting ownership when engaged as proactive, equal partners.”

The collaborative work was divided in two sessions. In the first part, PSYDEH presented their projects and explained the context of their operations with the indigenous communities in Mexico.

Then, there were brainstorming sessions and interactions with the students to help PSYDEH solve one of the obstacles of the indigenous women in their personal development. The PSYDEH team helped the students to understand the context in which the indigenous women live every day in precarious conditions, and the challenges they face at the moment of balancing their life, help their families and children, generate income and work in their personal life projects.

We enjoyed working with PSYDEH in this international immersion! 

We hope we can bring together academic communities and organizations like these to help the people in vulnerability.

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Written by:

Eliana Angarita

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