I grew up on the U.S.-Mexico border in the community of Nogales, Arizona and understand the opportunities and challenges that border communities face. Over time, I have become convinced that binational problems require binational solutions; hence the importance of conducting research in border regions through an interdisciplinary lens. Additionally, I believe that understanding the political and cultural diversity of the Latino/a/x and Chicano/a/x experiences in communities throughout the United States is of paramount importance to enhancing our democracy.
“Borders are scars that history has left on earth's skin.” – Josep Barrell, former European Parliament president. With our central focus on borders, we are mindful of the importance of ASU’s Charter to focus on the continued inclusion and success of ASU students and our fundamental responsibility to the overall well-being of our communities. The School of Transborder Studies is firmly committed to fostering civic and democratic engagement, cross-border cooperation, and the continued scholarship effort necessary to produce much-needed changes and advancements.
We are proud to also house two important programs in our School: the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) – an academic support to students from migrant and seasonal farmworker backgrounds; and the Migrant and Rural Student Achievement and Inmigration Innovation Program. Please explore deeper on our website to learn more about these fantastic efforts.
I look forward to meeting you in the coming year, and to learn about all you do, hope for, and are striving to achieve; the School of Transborder Studies will give you the tools to succeed.
Best wishes for a successful school year,