Oakland, CA—January 23, 2019
As part of a new course led by Mills College Professor Lisa Urry, 11 Mills students and faculty traveled to the border city of Nogales, Arizona, to see for themselves if there really is a crisis at the Mexican border. Student Ma’kaya Washington and Professor Urry were featured on KTVU in an interview about their experiences.
Students and faculty spent 10 days exploring the socio-political, cultural, and ecological issues that impact the borderlands along the US/Mexico border. They had a balanced agenda and met with activists, humanitarian organizations, Border Patrol, and the US Consul and visited government facilities at a time when the politics of the border are dominating national discourse and are the source of a federal government shutdown. They crossed the border to Sonora, Mexico, and met with community leaders to hear about the border from their perspective. The Mills contingent also volunteered on community service projects while there.