LMU continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and is working diligently to safeguard the safety and well-being of our community. De Colores will be held virtually this fall semester. 

Since 1985, LMU students have been making the 145-mile journey to Tijuana, Mexico through the De Colores program. These monthly faith-based service-immersion weekends are grounded in the values of accompaniment, solidarity, and community. Student participants leave behind the comforts of the LMU campus (including cell phones) and step into a different reality. Students have the opportunity to work on a construction project to help build a home for a local family in the community of El Florido in Tijuana.  After our time with the community, students have the opportunity to share a meal at Casa Del Migrante, an organization that provides basic human services to deportees, displaced persons, migrants in transit or refugeesThroughout the weekend, students will be invited to reflect on the experience. These weekends provide an opportunity for an encounter of stepping beyond borders; physical, cultural, linguistic, and personal. Our hope for all student participants is that they return home with a more informed awareness of some of the world's greatest injustices and a deeper sense of gratitude. Please note that these De Colores weekends are only open to LMU undergraduate students. 

Fall 2020

This program will be held virtually once a month over the course of a weekend. In order to maintain the intimacy and intentionality of each group, students will be required to apply for a spot. Students will meet for a few hours over the course of the selected weekend to meet with our partners in Tijuana, and reflect on the conversations. Participants will be expected to be present for the entirety of the experience. 

How to Attend

Any LMU undergraduate student may attend by applying for individual spots. 

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There is no cost to attend. 


Our group will meet on Friday afternoon & evening; Saturday morning and afternoon: and one last time on Sunday morning. All times are currently being finalized.

If you would like more information or have any questions, please feel free to contact John Paul Ramirez, Campus Minister for Regional Service, at johnpaul.ramirez@lmu.edu.


  • Students will be expected to fully participate in all Zoom session & fully engage in group reflections before, during, and after a De Colores weekend.
  • Cellphones: Part of the De Colores tradition is that we do not permit cell phones on these weekends. Therefore, during our sessions, please refrain from using any other technology. We invite (and challenge) you to practice the gift of PRESENCE to the people around you from the beginning of our weekend until the end of it. 

2020-2021 Dates

Sep. 25-27, 2020 The application will be available soon. 
Oct. 15-17, 2020 This app will be available mid-Sept. 
Nov. 6-8, 2020 This app will be available mid-Oct. 
Dec. 11-13, 2020 This app will be available mid-Nov. 
Jan. 15-17, 2021  
Feb. 12-14, 2021  
March 19-21, 2021  
April 9-11, 2021   


A Brief History

LMU Alumni and founders of the Build a Miracle (BAM) 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, campus minister for Social Justice at the time and later went on to be Director of Campus Ministry, 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 subsidize the total costs of the De Colores trips, we invite you to stop by our annual Fall Bike & Rummage Sale.  This year's Bike Sale will take place on September 19, 2019.