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. Also, we will have a Twitter account and announcements via a live feed on our home page. These three formats will be our forms of communication and updates. Also, telephone communications will be an option when necessary.

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 2017. 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 16th, 2017.

Consider the following before making your travel reservations and itineraries:

1. Arrive on Sunday 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 30th, 2017.

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 29th.
2. Depart on Sunday morning, July 30th. We will not have any scheduled programming that day.


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

A: We recommend a taxi ride. Über gets positive feedback in El Paso.


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.

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.

Q: I still have a question that wasn’t answered here. Whom do I contact?

A: R. Joseph Rodríguez and Ignacio Martínez, our Institute program co-directors, would be pleased to answer any additional inquiries. Please send them to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..