The Institute for Somatics and Social Justice needs to raise $8,400 to enable an Iranian student who applied this year, and others who hold passports from certain banned or scrutinized countries to be able to acquire U.S. visas to attend the program. The funds will go toward lawyer and I-17 application fees. After the I-17 application is processed the program would be registered as a vocational school with the U.S. government. As a result, foreign participants would be able to apply for M (student) visas, which are more often granted than B (tourist/business) visas. The application costs $2,400, and requires approximately 40 hours of work with professional legal support, which will cost an additional $6,000. If the school does not go through this process, a currently accepted student who holds an Iranian passport will not be able to come. Additionally, other students from around the world might run into challenges with acquiring visas, or entering the country even if they have them.
With your help we can streamline this process, and offer learning opportunities for those who would not otherwise be able to attend a professional Somatics training program. Come out for an evening of fun and be a part of this important social change initiative!
The Institute for Somatics and Social Justice is a container for rigorous, joyful, embodied research with an anti-racist/anti-oppression framework, oriented toward developing knowledge and discourse about the intersections of political movements and the body. Through the study and practice of embodied anatomy, developmental movement, and other methods, faculty and students seek to honor the lineage and further develop the Somatics field so that it may expand and become more inclusive, accessible, and relevant to communities that have not historically been invited to contribute to or participate in the work.