The HSP Summer Session
Our Flagship Summer Program
Our flagship program, the HSP Summer Session gathers students from across the country annually for a two week summer intensive. Participants get the opportunity to take accredited, graduate level courses with some of the nations top Latinx faculty in an environment that centers Latinx methods, pedagogies, and stories.
About the Program
For over 30 years the HSP Summer Session has served as the cornerstone of the Hispanic Summer Program. For two-weeks, over 60 students from across the country convene to take accredited graduate level courses with some of the best Latinx faculty in the nation. Classes in history, theology, sociology, liturgy, ethics and the like are taught to a majority Latinx student body in a way that centers the intellectual and pedagogical traditions of the Latinx community. This mode of education emphasizes community while ensuring there is an explicit connection between the “mind and the heart.” At the end of two weeks students return to their institutions not just with three graduate credits, but with a community of scholars, mentors, and friends with whom they can continue building on the experiences they gained at the Summer Session.
The simple reality is that Latinx students in theological and higher education continue to be underrepresented in ATS institutions while the communities they go out to serve continue to grow. And most institutions of higher education that serve Masters level students don’t have programs focused on Latinx scholarship, ministry, and community engagement. By participating in the HSP Summer Session, students are not only exposed to a majority Latinx student body but to Latinx faculty and an intellectual tradition that stems from the Latinx community. Additionally, students are connected to mentors that can help encourage their pursuits after graduation. HSP students have gone on to pursue doctoral work, parish ministry, community organizing, non-profit administration, and more using the education they received at the HSP.
While the majority of our students are Masters level Latinxs, each year the HSP Summer Session welcomes a small number of non-Latinx participants and a few slots are made available to students currently enrolled in doctoral programs. Non-Latinx students at any level are invited to learn from the rich tradition of Latinx theological inquiry while seeking ways to expand their own cultural competencies and build coalitions with members of other communities. Doctoral students are encouraged to expand the scope of their research as they learn with brilliant Latinx faculty and colleagues from other institutions. Both groups benefit from the richness offered at the HSP Summer Session.
The Summer Session takes place annually, hosted by a different institution. Tuition and what is included in that fee is as follows:
|Who You Are||Cost of Tuition||What You Get|
|Masters level students from sponsoring institutions attending the Summer Session for the 1st or 2nd time||In Person: $425
|Masters level students from sponsoring institutions attending the Summer Session for the 3rd time||In Person: $800
|Masters level students from a non-sponsoring institution||In Person: $800
|Doctoral level students (D.Min and Ph.D.) from sponsoring and non-sponsoring institutions||In Person: $900
HSP Summer Session 2021
Date: June 13 – 25, 2021
Due to the worldwide situation with COVID-19, in consultation with the Executive Committee of the HSP Board, we have decided not to have an in-person program for the Hispanic Summer Program 2021.
Instead the HSP will go online! It is very exciting that the HSP will move in this direction because this means students will still have the opportunity to take these unique classes with some of the best Latinx faculty in the country!
Latina and Mujerista Biblical Hermeneutics as Decolonial Projects
This course explores the central theological and methodological tenets of these two perspectives (Ada María Isasi-Diaz’s Mujerista Theology, and María Pilar Aquino’s Latina Feminist Theology), and those of decolonial thought related to interpretive textual theories, focusing especially on the epistemologies from the Global South. Then, it advances an epistemic platform for developing a Mujerista Biblical Hermeneutics and a Latina Biblical Hermeneutics as decolonial projects that start with the life in lo cotidiano of the Latinx communities.
Dr. Ahida Calderón Pilarski
Professor and Theology Department Chair
Saint Anselm College
Environmental Racism and the Struggle for Ecological Justice
This course will investigate the recent calamities related to climate change, particularly how environmental crises impact upon and converge with racial and socio-economic injustices. We will critically engage Catholic, Protestant and multi-faith responses (including Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’) as well as the wisdom of grassroots communities struggling for justice, to understand, articulate, and practice theological visions for just ecologies. The course will pay particular attention to the disproportionate impact of climate change and environmental destruction on poor and vulnerable communities, using recent case studies as examples, such as Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and Hurricanes Irma and María in Puerto Rico. The goal of this course is to formulate ethical responses that both utilize and challenge dominant faith traditions toward full flourishing of the planet.
Dr. Teresa Delgado
Director, Peace and Justice Studies
Professor and Chair, Religious Studies Department
Latina/o/x Experiences of Race, Religion, and the Law in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands
The fraught history of the U.S.-Mexican border is informed by historical constructions of race, religion, and ethnicity. Contemporary legal and popular discourse echoes the historical discourses surrounding Latina/o/x communities, those that pre-date American occupation and immigrant communities. Beginning with the Mexican-American War and moving into the contemporary moment, this course will explore how different Latinx religious communities have shaped and been shaped by American law through interdisciplinary methods and frameworks. Students will explore the ways theologically informed praxis creates spaces of resistance, community, and belonging, as well as interrogate the ways Latina/o/x religious practices intersect with U.S. legal structures in the construction of race, ethnicity, and citizenship.
Dr. Daisy Vargas
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
University of Arizona
Sacraments, Hospitality, Climate Collapse and Pachamama
Sacraments are deep markers and guiding lights of the Christian faith. Some Christians call it ordinances. The very ways Christians understand the sacraments of the church reveal not only the theology, ecclesiology and the mission of the church but also its cosmology, its understandings of the sacred and what life is all about. This class will delve into the ways Christians have created the notion of the sacraments/ordinances and what sacraments today have to do with COVID, colonialism, patriarchalism, race, class, economics, sexuality and nature. Fundamental to this class will be the relation of the sacra/mentality and the ways of Pachamama. In this class we will ask: what is sacred and how we create a sacra/mentality to live in our world today? What does our faith have to do with the earth and our demise? How should we understand hospitality when we consider the vegetable, animal and mineral world?
Dr. Cláudio Carvalhaes
Associate Professor of Worship
Union Theological Seminary – New York City
Liberating Faith in the Américas
What does liberation mean in the context of the Américas today? How have people of Latin American descent—both in Latin America and the United States—connected conceptions of liberation to prophetic forms of religious faith? And how is this related to other prominent liberation movements in the Americas? This course examines these questions through a variety of lenses that take seriously the role of liberating forms of faith, including liberation theology, Latin American and Latina feminist theology, LGBTQ theologies, liberation philosophy, pragmatism, critical pedagogy, and decolonial thought. This seminar-style course utilizes a community-of-inquiry approach, wherein all members of the class actively contribute to and facilitate each other’s learning.
Dr. Christopher Tirres
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
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