FAQs: Getting Ready


Q: What can I do now before the Summer Institute begins?

A: Plan ahead for the following:
(1) introducing yourself to other Summer Scholars (teachers),
(2) finishing your book-based readings before the Institute,
(3) planning what to see and do in El Paso, and
(4) sorting which items to bring as luggage.


Q: How will Summer Scholars receive communications before the Institute begins?

A: The directors will be sending e-messages to all Summer Scholars via the e-mail addresses on file. Each Summer Scholar will be assigned to one of the directors for communications.

Be sure to maintain an active e-mail account and to inform us of any changes.

We will also have a Twitter account and announcements via Slack and a live feed on our web home page.

These will be our primary forms of communication and updates. Telephone communications will be an option when necessary or requested.

Q: Will there be any media announcements on my acceptance?

A: Yes, we will be sending out a press release to your school district in early May 2019. You’ll receive a copy of the media communication to distribute as well.


Q: What is the best way to plan to live for two weeks in El Paso?

A: It will be hot. Dress accordingly. Sunscreen is highly recommended as is a large, reusable water bottle.

Q: Do I need to make my own travel arrangements?

A: Yes. We prepared some suggestions below.


Q: When should I plan to arrive in El Paso and to be on the UTEP campus?

A: Make your airline or car travel arrangements now to ARRIVE on Sunday, July 14th, 2019.

Consider the following before making your travel reservations and itineraries:

1. Arrive on Sunday, July 14, 2019, BEFORE 3:00 PM. We have a welcome with light appetizers that is scheduled to begin promptly at 5:30 PM.
2. Make sure you’ve booked your flight early to get the best possible fare.


Q: When should I plan to depart from El Paso?

A: Make your flight reservation now to DEPART on Sunday morning, July 28th, 2019.

Consider the following before making your travel reservations and itineraries:

1. Saturday is not an option for departure, since we have an evening program scheduled on Sat., July 27th.
2. Depart on Sunday morning, July 28th. We will not have any scheduled programming that day.


Q: What’s the best way to get to the UTEP Miner Canyon (housing site) from the El Paso International Airport (ELP)?

A: We recommend ride sharing such as Lyft or Über, which gets positive feedback in El Paso. The taxi service and Sun Metro local transit systems are also options.


Q: My brain is feeling slightly fried already. I am trying to rewire my brain, so I can enjoy the Institute, too. Is this possible?

A: Yes. Take deep breaths. This will be fun. You will meet wonderful, caring colleagues who are learners like all of us.

Q: Who is sending and answering these FAQs?

A: Summer Scholars and faculty are sending and answering these.

Q: What about travel and health insurance?

A: You are responsible for purchasing any added health or travel insurance prior to your travel to El Paso.