Student Trapito Analyses (STAs)
The core purpose of the Nuestra Casa Initiative exhibition is to create an interdisciplinary scholar, research, and service learning initiative of faculty, staff, students and persons affected by tuberculosis and HIV.
Group photo of all the students and facilitators who took part in the trapito analysis workshops.
Together Nuestra Casa Initiative partners and participants advocate, communicate, and socially mobilize the community to create awareness and raise consciousness on the importance of addressing determinants of health in the U.S-Mexico Border and beyond. Nuestra Casa is a tool to educate and motivate attitudinal change within the general public and promote prevention, control, and cure.
Eighteen University of Texas at El Paso students participated in the Nuestra Casa service-learning experience that resulted in the creation of the tendederos (“clothslines”) of trapitos (small napkin size pieces of cloth with messages written on them by visitors to the 2009-10 tour of Nuestra Casa).
Dr. Guillermina Nuñez-Mchiri (center) and two students reflect on the impact of tuberculosis.
In early September 2011, the students received orientation from UTEP facilitators that included faculty, staff and community partners. The first session was lead by Dr. Eva Moya and Raquel del Consuelo Orduño, MSW student and TB activist. The session consisted of a presentation on the aims of the original Nuestra Casa Project; the definition of health disparities and social determinants; and perspectives on how tuberculosis affects one’s life. Students were assigned to teams of 3 and to one 2009-10 exhibit tour location. With the aid of a “Casapedia” report about each of the cities prepared by Josias Castorena, each student group researched the location of their trapitos and identified health disparities in tuberculosis and HIV in their location.