Mexico City, Mexico

Education Beyond Borders 2021

Good Health & Well-being in Context: Mexico

What is Education Beyond Borders?

Education Beyond Borders was born at the intersection of global engagement and cross-disciplinary collaboration. This international course brings together students, alumni, and faculty from the TCS community, cultivating a deeper understanding of topics that affect countries around the world. For the first time ever, Education Beyond Borders will be offered with 2 distinct tracks: 1) 3-credit online course AND 2) micro-credential program.

What is the theme for Education Beyond Borders 2021?

Education Beyond Borders 2021: Good Health and Well-being is an online course AND micro-credential anchored around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #3 to Ensure Healthy Lives and Promote Well-being for All at All Ages. Open to students and alumni from TCSPP, Saybrook, Pacific Oaks, The Colleges of Law, and our Global Partner Institutions, Education Beyond Borders will seek to understand the psychological, social, educational, legal, healthcare and intercultural perspectives within the context of global health and well-being.

With cautious optimism, TCS Community & Global Engagement announces the intention to travel to Mexico City from November 29 - December 3, 2021. Should travel be deemed unsafe, a domestic or virtual option will be provided.

Education Beyond Borders participants will gain global perspective, experience supporting the United Nations, and strategic planning skills. Most importantly, participants will impact their communities while working to transform themselves into global agents of change. 

Online Course

IS600E/IS400E Good Health and Well-Being in Context: Mexico

This 3-credit online course is anchored on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #3, Good Health and Well-being. Continuing our model of exploring an important global topic over 2 years, we will seek to understand the psychological, social, educational, legal, healthcare and intercultural perspectives within the context of global health, and the delicate balance between health and well-being worldwide. As we navigate the ambiguities of a post-pandemic world, participants will impact their local and global communities by engaging in cross-disciplinary learning, participating in meaningful service projects, and developing critical competencies for becoming a global agent of change. 

Eligibility: Students currently enrolled at Saybrook University, Pacific Oaks College, The Colleges of Law, & The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Course Dates: October 25 - December 13, 2021

Program Fee: $1995 + 3 credits of tuition at your home institutions' current rate

Apply for the EBB Online Course Here


Micro-credential Description

Open to all students & alumni from our TCS partner institutions, as well as global partner network, this micro-credential includes online modules addressing the topic of good health & well-being from a cross-disciplinary, global perspective. Modules open on November 5, and are to be completed by December 3, with the option to add-on in-country travel to Mexico City. Upon completion, participants of the micro-credential will be awarded an Education Beyond Borders digital badge.

Education Beyond Borders micro-credential is hosted by The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.


  • Students & Alumni from TCS Institutions and Global Partner Network
  • All applicants must be 21 years of age or older at the time of application
  • All applicants must hold a college degree or be currently enrolled in a degree program

Micro-credential Opens: November 5, 2021

Micro-credential Closes: December 3, 2021

Program Fee:

Micro-credential only: $140 USD

Micro-credential + Travel: $140 + $1995 = $2135 USD

Apply for the EBB Micro-credential Here

Online Course or Micro-credential?

Unsure how you would like to participate in EBB 2021? Please refer to the below comparison chart for the online course vs. micro-credential.

Still unsure? Attend our upcoming information sessions for more details.

Info Sessions:

Join us to learn more about Education Beyond Borders 2021!

Online Course Information Session: May 18, 2021 @ 10AM Pacific / 12PM Central / 1PM Eastern - Watch the Recording Here

Micro-credential Information Session: May 19, 2021 @ 11AM Pacific / 1PM Central / 2PM Eastern - Watch the Recording Here

*Can't make the live session? Register to receive the recording via email afterwards.

Program Fee Breakdown:

Program Fee Inclusions:

  • 5 nights of hotel accomodations in single-occcupancy rooms
  • In-country cultural, academic, service, & immersion activities
  • Most meals in-country (all breakfasts & lunches, all dinners except 1 on your own)
  • Airport Transfer to/from Mexico City International Airport at times to be provided
  • Transport in-country
  • International Health Insurance
  • 24/7 On-ground staff support
  • English-speaking tour guides
  • Entry requirement support

Program Fee Exclusions:

  • Any applicable processing fees for passports/visas (if required)
  • International Airfares
  • Meals, activities, transportation outside of planned itinerary

Program Fee Refund Deadline: September 5, 2021

Faculty Leadership

Luann Fortune

LMT, PhD Faculty and Coordinator of the Mind-Body Medicine (MBM) PhD Mindful Leadership in Healthcare Specialization
Saybrook University

Luann Drolc Fortune, MA, PhD, LMT, NCBTMB is Faculty and Coordinator of the Mind-Body Medicine (MBM) PhD Mindful Leadership in Healthcare Specialization in Saybrook's College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences. She has a BA in Interdisciplinary Social Science, and MA and PhD in Human Development. She is a former fellow at Fielding University's Institute of Social Innovation, and served on the executive committees for the Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists (ICNAP) and the Society for Phenomenology and Human Sciences (SPHS), and on the Program Plan Committee for IM4US (Integrative Medicine for Underserved). She has extensive experience in organizational development in the private sector, and operated a wellness and somatic therapy practice in Washington, DC for over 20 years.

Dionne Clabaugh

Core Faculty
Pacific Oaks College

Dionne Clabaugh, Ed.D. has worked in education since 1982 and in higher education since 1999. In parent participation P-5th grade schools she was a teacher, director, volunteer, and school board member. In teacher education departments at Universities and Community Colleges she was a faculty member, department chair, grant coordinator, program reviewer, faculty adviser, and mentor to faculty and students. Dr. Clabaugh earned a bachelor's in music therapy from the University of the Pacific, a Masters in organization development with emphasis in higher education and a Doctorate in Learning and Instruction for higher education, both from the University of San Francisco. Her teaching style and research are focused on designing highly engaging learning experiences across the lifespan, using constructivist and dialogue-based strategies in a collaborative and autonomy-supportive learning environment, to promote deep learning and far transfer.

Jared Carter

Adjunct Professor
The Colleges of Law

Jared Carter graduated from Vermont Law School in 2009 where he received an Equal Justice Foundation Fellowship to litigate a constitutional challenge to U.S. Treasury Department Regulations prohibiting travel to Cuba. A veteran attorney and advocate for social, legal and economic justice, Professor Carter spent a year as law clerk to Justices William Leaphart, Jim Rice and Jim Nelson at the Montana Supreme Court. As an Assistant Professor of Law, Professor Carter teaches a range of courses including: Legal Activism, Appellate Advocacy, First Amendment Law, and Natural Resources Law. In addition, he has developed numerous study away courses that take students to Cuba to learn about the Cuban legal system. An active member of the Vermont bar, Jared also directs the Vermont Community Law Center, litigating constitutional and consumer rights issues in state and federal court. Outside his legal work, Professor Carter is an avid outdoors-person—backpacking, canoeing and fly-fishing in the warmer months, and cross-country skiing in the winter. Despite the fact that Vermont is landlocked, Professor Carter also enjoys surfing and does so in the frigid waters of the New England coastline.

Alisha DeWalt

Associate Campus Dean, Online Campus
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Dr. Alisha DeWalt holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology and completed her doctorate degree in business psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Her dissertation was focused on exploring global competency and its impact on individuals entering the business field which ignited her passion for global education and comprehensive internationalization. Dr. DeWalt has been employed with The Chicago School of Professional Psychology for eight years and has served in a variety of positions focused primarily on improving operational excellence, advancing online program quality through implementing innovative technology, and driving forward international initiatives through TCSPP Global. Currently, Dr. DeWalt serves as the Associate Campus Dean of the highly successful online campus. In this role, Dr. DeWalt implements the online vision plan of technological innovation, drives forward undergraduate programming, and coordinates the university’s strategic plan. As the TCSPP Global Lead, Dr. DeWalt oversees international admissions for the university, and furthers the mission of TCSPP Global to prepare professionals to live, thrive, and serve in a diverse and global world.

Breeda McGrath

Dean of Academic Affairs, Online Programs
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Breeda McGrath, PhD, is the Dean of Academic Affairs for Online programs at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. McGrath previously served as academic dean of the Chicago campus and department chair of the International Psychology doctoral program. As a licensed clinical psychologist and nationally certified school psychologist, she worked in public schools and private practice in the Chicago area for almost a decade. Originally from Ireland, Dr. McGrath currently lives in Puerto Rico and has international collaborative projects in Indonesia and Senegal. She is a member of the APA Commission on Specialties and Proficiencies in Psychology (CRSPPP) and serves as a consultant to The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights. She is the UPCEA International Network Vice-Chair for Awards and Recognition. 


Previous Programs

In 2018, we studied the topic of identity in Johannesburg and Cape town, South Africa. Needless to say, it was an experience none of us will forget. 

View the video below. 

In 2019, we studied the concept of balance in Tokyo, Japan. From meaningful discussions to community service, it was a life-changing 10-day experience.

View the video below.

In 2020, we took EBB fully virtual with participants joining from institutions across the globe and anchoring on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3: Good Health & Well-being.

View the video below.


How much does Education Beyond Borders 2021 cost?

Online Course: $1995 USD + 3 credits of tuition at your home institutions' current rate

Micro-credential Only: $140 USD

Micro-credential + Travel: $2135 USD

Can I use Financial Aid?

If you are enrolling in the online course and already receive financial aid, you may be able to use financial aid towards the 3-credit tuition cost of Education Beyond Borders. Please reach out to your financial aid advisor with any questions.

The micro-credential is not eligible for financial aid.

What does Education Beyond Borders "2 years, 2 opportunities" mean?

Education Beyond Borders is now on a 2 year cycle, meaning that both Education Beyond Borders 2020 & 2021 will address the topic of Good Health & Well-being. The 2020 program took place virtually last fall, and the 2021 program intends to travel to Mexico City during the upcoming fall.

Did I have to participate in Education Beyond Borders 2020 to participate in 2021?

No! All are welcome to join the 2021 program!

New participants as well 2020 participants are invited and encouraged to join us for EBB 2021!

What is the time commitment?

Online Course: As a full credit bearing course, you should expect the same time commitment as other similar courses. As a fully online course, there will be required synchronous & asynchronous components of the course, projects, and experience. We estimate a range of 11 to 19 hours of synchronous requirements (roughly 1-2 hours per week).

Micro-Credential: An estimated 5-10 hours of program work is expected prior to travel. For those traveling, 5 full days of program content is required while in Mexico

Who participates in Education Beyond Borders?

Education Beyond Borders is a unique, cross-disciplinary experience. This international course brings together students, alumni, and faculty from the TCS community, cultivating a deeper understanding of topics that affect countries around the world.