Description and Justification
Strategically located at the southernmost end of the U.S.-Mexico border at the Gulf of Mexico, UTB/TSC created the Texas Center for Border and Transnational Studies in order to address critical cross-border teaching and learning needs and to assist in the facilitation of cross-border policy decisions.
The center is intended to be an interdisciplinary operation that welcomes participation from all internal colleges and schools, students, faculty and staff, as well as collaboration with cross-border institutions for the purpose of cooperating in applied research intended to assist in informed decision making on the status and condition of the cross-border region. The goal of the center is to become the Texas leader in the development of border teaching, research, planning and the study of contemporary issues that require informed policy making.
"There is no choice in whether the border region will grow or not. If we closed the border tomorrow – every bridge in South Texas all the way to El Paso – and if we stopped migration from the North, we would still have 230 percent growth in 30 years."1 – Julíet V. Garcia, President UTB/TSC
1 Dr. Juliet Garcia, Texas Business Review June 2006