CIELO New York


Historically, hip-hop has been used as a platform for social and racial justice in the United States, and New York has been home to many of the hip-hop industry's most influential artists or organizations, from artists like Jay Z, Lil Kim, & LL Cool J to record labels like Bad Boys Records. On this week-long program, we will explore New York and learn about the birthplace of hip hop through a racial justice lens. UArizona students will get the opportunity to tour various locations, such as Hip-Hop Boulevard in the Bronx, do service learning with local students, visit organizations such as the Center for Racial Justice, and even meet the people in the industry!


  • Cultural Exploration

  • Service Learning

  • Environmental Justice

  • Social Justice


  • Dates: March 4 - 12, 2023

  • Cost: $3,400 (including...)

    • Flight

    • Lodging

    • Travel Insurance

    • Excursions

    • Majority of Meals


  • Walking Tour of New York (including National September 11 Memorial, Wall Street, Rockefeller Center and Top of the Rock, Empire State Building, Times Square)

  • AmeriCenter Welcome Dinner

  • Walking Tour of Harlem (including Apollo Theater, Rucker Park, Historic Harlem Jazz Clubs)

  • Visit to Museum of the City of New York and the Graffiti Hall of Fame

  • Visit to HBCU

  • History of Hip Hop in America Lecture (Alex Nava)

  • Walking Tour of Brooklyn (including Prospect Park Bandshell, Notorious BIG’s Childhood Home, Bedford Avenue and Quincy Street)

  • Visit to Social Justice Organization (Brooklyn Movement Center)

  • Walking Tour of the Bronx (including 1520 Segwick Avenue and Hip-Hop Boulevard, Cedar Playground, The Writer’s Bench, Grand Concourse Train Station, Yankee Stadium)

  • Meet with Shawn Prez, Former Vice President, Bad Boy Records

  • Visit to Social Justice Organization (New York Communities for Change, Center for Racial Justice)

  • Visit to Central Park

  • Walking Tour of Queens (including A Tribe Called Quest Mural, Hollis, Edge School of the Arts)

  • Hip-Hop and American Dance Lecture (Praise Zenega)


Applications for Spring 2023 are closed