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: $475
Online: $375
  • 3 Graduate Level Credits, transferable to your institution
  • The chance to study with some of the best Latinx faculty in the nation
  • Room and Board for the two week program (In Person Only)
  • Airfare to and from the two week program (In Person only)
Masters level students from sponsoring institutions attending the Summer Session for the 3rd time In Person: $800
Online: $475
  • 3 Graduate Level Credits, transferable to your institution
  • The chance to study with some of the best Latinx faculty in the nation
  • Room and Board for the two week program (In Person Only)
Masters level students from a non-sponsoring institution In Person: $800
Online: $475
  • 3 Graduate Level Credits, transferable to your institution
  • The chance to study with some of the best Latinx faculty in the nation
  • Room and Board for the two week program (In Person Only)
Doctoral level students (D.Min and Ph.D.) from sponsoring and non-sponsoring institutions In Person: $800
Online: $475
  • 3 Graduate Level Credits, transferable to your institution
  • The chance to study with some of the best Latinx faculty in the nation
  • Room and Board for the two week program (In Person Only)

HSP Summer Session 2023


Where: Candler School of Theology at Emory University
Date: June 18 – July 1, 2023

Applications open September 12, 2022.
Application Deadline Extended to February 3, 2023.
Admissions decisions will be sent on a rolling basis through February 15, 2023.

Course Descriptions

This course is only available online and will be limited to 12 students.

Dr. Francisco Lozada

Brite Divinity School

History of Latinx Biblical Interpretation: Its Aims and Scope

This course will give a broad overview of U.S. Latinx (os/as/es) biblical interpretation’s aims and scope from its initial articulations in the latter third of the twentieth century to the present day. It will begin by examining the social, political, and theological events that gave rise to Latinx biblical interpretation and end with how the questions Latinx scholars raise impact social, political, and theological questions. Key issues such as diaspora/exile, borderlands, colonialism, immigration, identity formations, “whiteness” and racialization in and outside Latinx experiences, and the experiences of assimilation and hybridity are among some of the social factors discussed in this course. By the end of the course, students will become familiar with the major themes of Latinx biblical interpretation, understand how Latinx scholars view the nature of texts, interpret texts, and use texts. At the end, students will be able place Latinx biblical interpretation in conversation with the broader field of biblical interpretation. Course will be taught entirely online and limited to 12 students.

This course is only available online and will be limited to 12 students.

Dr. Ángela Tarango

Trinity University

Material Culture and Lived Religions in US Latinx Communities

This course will focus on key examples of the study of lived religion and material culture among a variety of US Latinx religious traditions. We will look at several short case studies including food traditions and visual/artistic/material traditions within specific Latinx communities to explore how studying material culture can give scholars greater insight into understanding lived religious experiences among Latinx folks. Students will gain tools to be conversant in the basic theories and methods that are used in studying religious material cultures and lived religions and learn how to apply them to the larger field of US Latinx religious history. This course will push students to expand ideas of what “religion” means within these communities and will encourage students to reflect on their own personal encounters with Latinx religious material cultures. The course will encourage a creative project within the student’s community as the final project with also a final paper option.

Dr. Cláudio Carvalhaes

Union Theological Seminary – New York City

Humor, Laughter, Foolishness: Performing Love, Resilience and Resistance

To be able to laugh, to have humor and to be foolish are all tremendous forms of resistance, of showing love/compassion and affirming life in a time where depression, anger, sadness and disasters are mounting. This course follows a Christian Russian tradition called Sacred Fools and intends to be a practical-theoretical way of engaging humor, laughter and foolishness through play in worship and preaching forms. The course will take on Latinxs resources of laughter, humor and foolishness. Together, we will engage play as a fundamental way of living our faith and daily lives in our communities.

Dr. Mayra Picos-Lee

Palmer Seminary

Migración, desplazamiento y trauma en las comunidades latinx / Migration, displacement, and trauma in Latinx communities

(Bilingual class Spanish/English; lectures and presentations during class time will be delivered in Spanish but students will have the option of submitting written assignments in English or Spanish).

El curso explorará los efectos de la migración y el desplazamiento en el bienestar psicológico, emocional y espiritual de las comunidades latinx. La migración es una experiencia que se caracteriza por el desarraigo y la ruptura de lazos socioculturales con el propósito de dejar el país de origen para establecerse en otro. Esta experiencia por sí misma, evoca el dolor y sufrimiento asociados con la pérdida y la reubicación. Cuando la experiencia migratoria se acompaña de otros eventos traumáticos (i.e. crisis sociopolíticas, abuso físico, pobreza, depresión, guerra, discriminación, etc.), las dificultades y retos que las comunidades migrantes experimentan pueden reverberar por generaciones. A través de este curso, las personas participantes tendrán la oportunidad de articular las historias migratorias de sus propias comunidades latinx; los efectos que estás historias han producido en el funcionamiento de su comunidad; y de proponer estrategias que contribuyan a su restauración y crecimiento.

This course will explore the effects of migration and displacement on the psychological, emotional, and spiritual well-being of Latinx people and communities. Migration is an experience that is characterized by people’s uprooting and the disruption of socio-cultural connections for the purposes of leaving one’s home country to resettle in another. Such an experience evokes the pain and suffering associated with losses and relocation. Yet, when migration experiences are accompanied by other traumatic events (i.e., socio-political crisis, physical abuse, poverty, depression, war, discrimination, etc.), the difficulties and challenges migrant communities experience may reverberate for generations. Throughout this course, students will have the opportunity to explore the migration histories of their communities; the effects on their community functioning; and to propose specific strategies that may bring healing and growth.

Dr. Yara González-Justiniano

Vanderbilt Divinity School

Esperanza, Play and Practice

Gustavo Gutiérrez speaks of the spiritual journey of God’s people as the act of drinking from our own wells. This course explores Latinx communities’ inner resources as practices that forge hope. It introduces students to theologies, philosophies and systems of hope and future within, but not limited to, the Christian tradition. We will talk about play and collective patterns in religious systems as well as the psychological implications for the individual. A sustainable hope refers to a hope that can be maintained and traditioned. We will look at questions such as, how does one flourish amid crisis and hardship? What are the implications of articulating a responsible and sustainable hope? How do we engage a plurality of religious traditions in collaboration with materializing hope? At the end of the class the student should be able to define and map a system of hope for their religious/spiritual context.

Dr. Erica Ramírez

Auburn Theological Seminary

Latinx Populisms: The Virgin of Guadalupe & the Holy Spirit as Symbols of Popular Sovereignty

Though today the US media depicts populism as a species of white supremacist nationalism, evangelicalism has always been populist, even when and where it has been interracial. Accordingly, many Latinx adherents in the US vote in populist ways, supporting Donald Trump in the 2020 election in surprisingly large numbers. In this class we investigate why Latinx Evangelicals embraced Trumpism. To do so, we trace/compare the impact of the age of revolutions on the development of populist versions of Mexico’s Virgin of Guadalupe and American Pentecostalism’s Holy Spirit. Students develop an appreciation for the forces that shape lived religion; populist religion is a powerful source of sovereignty for people in dominated social positions. Students will be encouraged to strategize and develop messaging which empowers faith leaders to speak more knowledgably about anti- establishmentarianism, political stakes, and opportunities.

Dr. Héctor Varela Ríos

Villanova University

Using Latinx Material Religion to Enrich our Theological Thought

Since its very beginnings Christianity has struggled with materiality, that is, that which is sensed, experienced, or performed in exchange and “in the flesh” (think, for example, of the issue between divine presence and idolatry). Across history the ‘material’ has been opposed (and many times relegated), for instance, to the “doctrinal”, the “biblical”, and the “spiritual”. However, on the one hand, for local Christianities, and especially in Latinx contexts, the divine, the human, the world, and everything in between are meaningful through material religion, that is, relational faith through images, objects, spaces, and practices. On the other, many Latinxs are intensely religious and nuanced reflections and critiques have developed regarding these beliefs and practices under the rubric Latinx theology. By exploring Latinx scholarship on material religion (Antonio Alonso, Jennifer Scheper-Hughes, Socorro Castañeda-Liles, Héctor Varela Ríos, and others) and concepts these scholars have articulated (e.g., anti-consumerism, affect, decoloniality, and gender), we will explore how core Latinx theological understanding (around sacramentality, devotion, or theological anthropology) can be enriched by a material-religious approach.

This course is available for doctoral students only.

Rev. Dr. Daisy L. Machado

Executive Director, HSP

Religious Movements from the Margins: The Prosperity Gospel in the Latinx Context

The U.S. religious landscape has been shaped by the powerful influence of what has become known as “prosperity gospel” or “prosperity theology.” No doubt that money has been “close to the heart of all significant developments in the history of North American Protestantism,” as historian Mark Noll reminds us. In this class we will examine the development of key ideas in Christian history that helped to create a relationship between Christianity and money. These ideas though always fraught with tension and contradictions have been interpreted and understood by a variety of religious figures that in the last one hundred years have created a prosperity theology that continues to challenge the mainline/historical Christian Churches around the globe. We will then focus our attention on key prosperity gospel preachers in Latin America and their impact on U.S. Latinx churches.

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