Universidad Veracruzana

University Houses

22 Marzo, 2013 Autor:Julio César Herrera Torres

Background

IMG_6342The Universidad Veracruzana created the Department of University Outreach in 1995 with the objective of placing university outreach at the essence of the main academic functions of the university. To this end, outreach strategies were created and consolidated with the construction of university houses in disadvantaged rural and urban areas. The first house was built in Coyopolan, in the municipality of Ixhuacán de Los Reyes, Veracruz. The University House model has been replicated throughout the state in regions covered by our campuses at Córdoba-Orizaba, Veracruz-Boca del Río, Coatzacoalcos-Minatitlán and Xalapa.

The University Houses constitute invaluable spaces for university engagement with disadvantaged sectors of society to reorient professional experience in situ into integral educational experiences in areas of study, whether for social service, thesis research, or practical skills acquisition for different courses.

The university outreach seeks, firstly, to strengthen professional and personal training of youth who participate in our programs, and secondly, facilitate and promote the sustainable development of families living in disadvantaged areas, through participatory methodologies for self-management within communities and with interdisciplinary field work

Mission

The university operates under the belief that higher education can play a key role in promoting local empowerment for self-sustained development and that community engagement contributes to the delivery of both the main academic functions and to the social needs and requirements on a local, state, national and international level, in order to contribute to the construction of a better society and the conservation of the environment.

Vision

The University Houses are essential spaces for engagement that permit the integration of the main functions of the Universidad Veracruzana, strengthening and updating academic plans and programs to be socially pertinent and consolidating social processes for community development with a perspective on sustainability.

Objective

To foster and promote university community engagement through the interaction with the main university functions, to provide feedback and strengthen professional training with social pertinence, facilitating processes of organization, institutional and community coordination that support sustainable community development.

MethodIMG_6388

The processes of “action–reflection–action” are necessary to facilitate academic and social participation. The dialogue and reflection among university students for the purpose of furthering their professions in society, constitutes one of the methodological processes sine qua non for engagement. These elements provide the basis for collaboration among professionals from different disciplines. In the classroom, students do not interact in a multidisciplinary manner. The academic practical experience of educational experiences, such as social service and thesis research, enable the participation of different disciplines, fostering reflection on the purpose of each professional, confronted with challenges related to community development.

The social issues in rural and urban areas are generally complex and due to multiple causes. The current circumstances faced by communities provide a pertinent scenario for university students to put their knowledge and attitudes into practice, establishing and trying out participatory and management strategies for sustainable development.

Methods of Participation

The outreach strategy to operate the university houses establishes the integration of core subjects in an interdisciplinary manner, especially in the academic areas of study and for electives within degree programs. An emphasis is placed on the relation students make between subjects and their social service or research work for final year projects or theses. Both experiences are awarded 24 credits.

Location

Xalapa Region Veracruz-Boca del Río Region Orizaba-Córdoba Region Coatzacoalcos-Minatitlán Region
Coyopolan Vecinos del Manglar Atlahuilco La Chinantla
Molino de San Roque
El Conejo
El Paisano
Tlapala

Ubicación geográfica de las Casas de la Universidad