The 2022-23 International Social Innovation Partnership Capstone, led by the Center for Nonprofits & Philanthropy Director Dr. Will Brown, recently had the opportunity to travel to Oaxaca, Mexico to meet with their two clients, Vida Nueva and DAVA.
During their trip, the Bush School capstone students learned about the history and culture of the Zapotecans of the Oaxaca region and the unique circumstances in which both of their clients operate. To better understand their clients, the students visited their clients’ homes to learn more about their missions, personal backgrounds, and goals for building a sense of community.
While in Oaxaca, the capstone students had the opportunity to visit local attractions and experience the local flare of the region. The group visited Monte Albán, a pre-Columbian archaeological site, watched a mariachi performance, and explored the city of Oaxaca. The capstone team thoroughly enjoys working with Vida Nueva and DAVA and looks forward to bringing DAVA to Texas A&M and College Station, Texas to engage with the Bryan-College Station community.
Later this month, DAVA will bring its unique artisan footwear designs to the Brazos Valley for purchase at multiple pop-up locations. Additionally, on March 21, 2023, from 5-7:30 p.m. CT, there will be an opportunity to meet and hear from the DAVA artisans during the Fostering Partnerships with International Social Enterprises event at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center on the campus of Texas A&M. The event is open to the public – register online to attend. Follow the capstone group’s Facebook page for the most up-to-date information on the artisan market experience and pop-up locations.