The Autonomous University of Social Movements (AUSM) is an alternative educational program focused on the study of social movements in Mexico, socialism in Cuba, and community organizing in Chicago. AUSM combines rigorous theoretical study, participatory action research, and experiential learning with powerful social actors struggling for justice, autonomy, and democracy. Find out more »

1st Global Festival of Resistances & Rebellions Against Capitalism

From Dec 21st to January 3rd, the Zapatistas invited social actors from all over Mexico and the world to share and celebrate with communities in struggle against capitalism. At the end of the event, the National Indigenous Congress met to discuss the state of Mexico and the world from below and to the left.

Here are a seven brief interviews of different movement participants with subtitles in English.

Unique Master's in Community Organizing


Master's in Community Organizing with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and AUSM

Learn the theory and practice of community organizing from teachers and mentors who spent a life time at it. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee master's degree in community organizing is a unique collaborative partnership with the Autonomous University of Social Movements (AUSM). Based in the Centro Autónomo in Chicago, the program offers the only master degree in community organizing in the country. Students combine discussion-based academic classes with hands on experience and regular mentoring from experienced community organizers.

Classes include:


Summer in Cuba

History, Culture, and Politics of Cuba
A Summer 6-credit study abroad program in Cuba
Offered by the Autonomous University for Social Movements (AUSM) and the Universidad de Ciencias Pedagogicas Enrique Jose Varona
AUSM Executive Director Thomas Hansen (PhD) has 25 years of experience leading educational programs in Cuba. The Universidad de Ciencias Pedagogicas Enrique Jose Varona is the leading teacher training institution in Cuba.


Spring 2016
Mexico: Jan 23-Apr 23
Cuba: Jan 31-Apr 29 
Application deadline Dec 1st

Summer 2016 (updated!)
Cuba: May 22 - June 25
Mexico: July 3 - 30

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Applicants accepted on a rolling basis.


Accepting applications for Fall 2016.

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