University Student Programs

MERC and Prescott College have built an approach to immersive and collaborative study in Maasailand that demonstrates our commitment to decolonizing education. The program is not typical “field studies” in that students work with Maasai community activists on projects designed by the community, and we work hard to make it affordable to be more broadly inclusive.

Our signature course is a semester course that takes place at the Dopoi Center and includes these parts:

  • History of Maasailand
  • Maasai culture and language
  • Ecology and community led conservation
  • Community organizing for land justice

The courses are taught by a faculty that includes Maasai experts, and are made available to Maasai students where possible.

University students not enrolled in Prescott College can study at the Dopoi Center in several ways.

  • Students can enroll in the Prescott College semester in Maasailand, typically taught in the February-May semester, or masters level courses in June and July, as space is available
  • Students can do internships and independent study projects,
  • Students and faculty can also organize groups at their home universities to study at the Dopoi Center.

Since 2017 Arizona State University has been teaching classes at the Dopoi Center through its engineering program and Barrett Honors College.

MERC and Prescott College welcomes other partnerships with colleges and universities, high schools, and other educational organizations that share our commitment to mutually beneficial education.

For more information about these options, you can email Mary Poole at [email protected]