Edgewood College Institute for Borderland Research & Education Returns from Arizona
The Edgewood College Leadership Institute for Borderland Research and Education (LIBRE) in the School of Education visited Arizona for the third time to meet with immigration organizations and activists over spring break.
Students that traveled were Vivi Velasquez, Karina Alvarez, Mindy Navarro, Marie Treleven, Zenab Nafid, Jahdai Guerrero, Stephanie Florencio, and Ciara Smith.
“This trip defied all stereotypes of what I thought I knew about my country and myself,” said Nafid. “I view myself as less of an eyewitness, but more energized to become an active variable in my country. We cannot keep commenting about how corrupt our government has been without actively striving for a change. We are the change.”
Faculty members included Director of Education Administration and Leadership Gerardo Mancilla, Assistant Professor and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs in the School of Education Dana Hagerman, and Associate Professor in the School of Education and Ethnic Studies Donna Vukelich-Selva.
These members of Edgewood College were in Pheonix, Tuscan, and both the Nogales and Douglas border.
LIBRE researched three different areas. One group looked at undocumented immigrants, another studied criminal justice and incarceration, and the last researched active organizations in Arizona that are helping with immigration.
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