The Borderlands Forum

The Borderlands Forum seeks to promote understanding and appreciation of the Borderlands as a cross-cultural, bi-national resource. TBF will provide focus, energy, and quality to Border Community Alliance’s educational mission. We want to be a clear, strong voice advocating mutual respect for the cultural diversity of the US-Mexico border region, thereby moderating the forces of xenophobia and racism that affect our region.

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THE BORDERLANDS FORUM

Partners

The Borderlands Forum started with the help of a grant from the Greater Green Valley Community Foundation. Our thanks to the Foundation for spurring us on!

We value partner who are allies in this mission focus: the Mexican Consulate in Nogales (AZ); the US Consulate in Nogales Sonora (MX); Tumacacori National Historic Park; Tubac Presidio; Tubac Center for the Arts; Green Valley-Sahuarita Samaritans; Pimeria Alta Museum (Nogales, Arizona); the University of Arizona (Tucson). We welcome others who share similar interests and perspectives.

A Range of Offerings

Classes and forums: The Borderlands Forum offers a wide variety of classes and forums on topics such as:

  • History of Mexico and of the region
  • Social investment
  • Art, photography, music, cinema
  • Economics
  • Cuisine
  • Nature and environmental concerns
  • Politics, diplomacy, immigration
  • Architecture

 

Events: Larger events such as “Breakfast & the Border” and “BCA Folklorico Celebration” support our mission as well.

For the current list of forums, classes and events, click here: “FORUM EVENTS & CLASSES”

Many classes meet only once; some have a second or a third session. Instructors are usually volunteers who love what they are teaching and eager to learn more. They are selected based on their knowledge of the topic and their gift for teaching. Some of the classes and forums are offered free of charge or on a donation basis; others are provided for a small fee. Class offerings are determined by a small sub-committee of the Border Community Alliance and posted online a month before each quarter (i.e. September for the Fall Quarter (Oct., Nov., Dec.); December for the Winter Quarter (Jan., Feb., Mar.); March for the Spring Quarter (April, May, June). Regular classes are not held during the summer.

“Breakfast & the Border” gatherings are typically offered three times a year: Fall, Winter, and Spring. Dates and venues vary, so be sure to check out our website.

“BCA Folklorico Celebration” is a spring-time fundraiser for our summer internship program. Every summer, BCA provides housing, a small stipend, transportation and guidance to a cohort group of four to eight students from colleges and universities. For about a month and a half, these students learn and listen to a variety of perspectives on everything related to the border: trade, security, law, culture, history, politics, and journalism.  Then they return to finish their education and become lawyers, journalists, activists, border patrol agents, health care providers and advocates for migrant rights.

Policies and procedures

Class participants are encouraged to register online for classes and forums, even when they are free. This is important so we know how many to plan for and whether a class meets the minimum requirement for enrollment requested by the instructors. Walk-up registrants are welcome, so long as space is available; if a fee is involved, please plan to pay with cash or check. BCA members receive a discount for most classes; membership is a minimum of $50 per year for individuals or $75 for families (up to three persons). If you are not able to come to a class you registered for, we appreciate your letting us know; however, because the fees are so low, we do not refund registration fees for Borderlands Forum events.

Class Locations

Classes are held in various locations up and down the I-19 corridor.  The location of your class is listed with the class description on the registration page.   In Green Valley, classes are held at BMO Harris Bank (270 W. Continental Rd.); the United Methodist Church of GV (300 W. Esperanza Blvd); and the Joyner Green Valley Library.  Parking at BMO Harris Bank is limited; please park on the east side of the building or behind Kentucky Fried Chicken but not directly in front of the bank (south side).

In Tubac, classes are held at the Tubac Community Center and the Tubac Presidio. The Tubac Community Center is located on Bridge Road; turn left (north) where the road bends right.

In Nogales, classes are held at the Mexican Consulate (135 W Cardwell St., Nogales, Arizona 85621). A familiar landmark is the Pizza Hut on the corner of Grand and Cardwell.