The college is an international leader in research that explores the educational impacts of border life, yet often that research does not get to the communities that would benefit.
Our Borderlands Education Center, led by Professor Etta Kralovec, is an intellectual hub in the rural borderlands of Southern Arizona, expanding learning and research opportunities for border teachers and communities. This is the first education center of its kind in the United States.
The center provides a structure for ongoing programming that brings University of Arizona scholars to rural Cochise County, sharing their expertise with rural border communities — enhancing the visibility, impact, and public benefit of Arizona research.
The center ensures existing and potential external partners in Cochise County, honoring the university’s commitment to Cochise County. The center recently received funding from the university’s Spring 2021 Provost's Investment Fund to expand its reach.
Kralovec notes, “Support for graduate students who are interested in border research is a high priority for us. Often my students who have crossed the border to come to school as children are drawn to that topic for their research papers in my class. Many of these students have expressed an interest in going on for a Ph.D, so in all the grant proposals we have submitted for the center, we include funding for graduate students.”