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Overview of De Colores

For the last 30 years, students from LMU have been making the 145-mile journey from campus to Tijuana, Mexico through the De Colores program.  The De Colores service-immersion trips can be a transformative experience of stepping beyond borders; physical, cultural, linguistic, and personal. Our student participants leave behind their cell phones and the comforts of the LMU campus and step into a different reality where the Mexican people become their "professors" and their hearts and minds are challenged to act for change. They have the opportunity to work on a construction project, spend time in a loving community and meet with migrants and learn about immigration issues. Our hope for student participants is that they return to the U.S. with a greater understanding of the world and the personal stories of people who suffer from some of the world's greatest injustices.

Sign Up & Payment Process

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The cost is only $60 per person. A valid Passport is REQUIRED.

Interested in a trip? Sign ups will occur on the Monday morning the week of a trip at 8 am in Malone 210 (Campus Ministry Office).

How to sign up: To sign up, be one of the first people in Malone 210 at 8:00 am on the Monday of a trip. Please come with $60 cash or check. You'll be given registration forms to fill out.

Please Note: Payment is required upon sign up and is nonrefundable. If you sign up without your payment, you will be placed on the wait list until your payment is received and you risk losing your spot on the trip. If during the course of an academic year, you sign up and then subsequently withdraw from two trips, you will automatically be placed on the wait list for a future trip that academic year, regardless of the time you sign up.

All participants are required to attend a pre-trip meeting in the Cave (basement of Sacred Heart Chapel) at 5:00pm the Friday of the trip before departing at 5:30pm. If you have any questions, contact John Paul Ramirez by email at or by phone, 310.338.2862.

2017-2018 Dates

*Denotes group trip


 Trip DatesSign-up Dates
Oct. 20-22, 2017 Mon. Oct. 16, 2017 at 8:00 AM
Nov. 17-19, 2017* Group Trip 
Dec. 15-17, 2017 Mon. Dec. 11, 2017 at 8:00 AM
Jan. 19-21, 2018*

Group Trip 

Feb. 23-25, 2018 Mon. Feb 19, 2018 at 8:00 AM
Mar. 23-25, 2018* Group Trip 
Apr. 13-15, 2018 Mon. Apr. 9, 2018 at 8:00 AM




A Brief History

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LMU Alumni and founders of the Build a Miracle Foundation, Julianne and Chris North, initially coordinated these trips with the help of the LMU retreat program in Campus Ministry. Sr. Agnes Marie Schon, CSJ and Fernando Moreno, the Social Justice director, played a key role in supporting and organizing these initial 'retreat' service trips.

As relationships grew with the Tijuana community and the number of student participants increased, students were encouraged to develop their own trips. By 1988, LMU students were leading and making frequent trips that have grown into what has become known as "De Colores."


In order to meet the financial needs of the De Colores trips, several fundraisers are held throughout the academic year. We invite you to participate, help out, and stop by our annual fall campus Bike Sale (Sept. 28, 2017). You can also show your support by purchasing the NEW De Colores T-shirt!