De Colores

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.

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How to Attend

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


$60.00 per student (cash, credit card or check). This covers your transportation, food, lodging, and supplies for the entire weekend. These trip costs are subsidized through Campus Ministry. Payments may be made in person at the Campus Ministry office in Malone 210.


Our group will depart from Sacred Heart Chapel on Friday afternoon at 4:30 PM & return to campus on Sunday as close to 5:00 PM as possible, however, this is entirely dependent upon our wait time at the border and traffic. 

Food / Meals

All meals are provided. As we embrace the virtue of simple living, our meals will reflect this. Please let us know about any dietary restrictions.

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

Requirements & Expectations

  • Students must have a valid passport.
  • Students will be expected to attend the scheduled pre-departure meeting. 
  • Students will be expected to fully participate in all activities & 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 the trips. We ask that you please either leave them at home or we can collect & hold onto them for you when we depart on Friday. 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. 
  • Please also note that this weekend will include simple accommodations and expectations of some physical labor.  Therefore, students must be comfortable with these conditions in order to participate.

2019-2020 Dates

Sep. 27-29, 2019 The September 2019 De Colores has passed. 
Oct. 18-20, 2019 The October 2019 De Colores has passed. 
Nov. 22-24, 2019 The Nov. 2019 De Colores has passed. 
Dec. 13-15, 2020 The Dec.De Colores 2019 has passed. 
Jan. 17-19, 2020 The Jan. 2020 De Colores has passed. 
Feb. 14-16, 2020 The Feb. 2020 De Colores has passed.
Apr. 17-19, 2020 The April 2020 De Colores has been canceled. 


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.