Yotie Talk: “It is High Time to Bring Social Equity to the U.S.-Mexican Border” 4/18

You’re invited to join us for a Yotie Talk, “It is High Time to Bring Social Equity to the U.S.-Mexican Border,” sponsored by the University Diversity Committee and the John M. Pfau Library.

Date:             Thursday, April 18, 2019

Time:            Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Location:      Library Multimedia Center (PL-5005)

Presenter:   Dr. Kimberly Collins, Professor of Public Administration and Executive Director of the Leonard Transportation Center at CSUSB

The U.S.-Mexican border region is a place of dichotomies, where people live different shared experiences – those who cross the border regularly and live on both sides of the line, mix with people who never cross the border and with migrants and refugees newly arrived from someplace in the global south or recently deported from the United States.  It is a place that can be both controversial and mundane—a place of democratically elected governments, but without adequate representation for those who consider themselves “borderlanders” or are stateless migrants.  National government institutions and national priorities of Mexico and the U.S. determine border policies and programs, not local and state priorities and institutions.  National concerns about security and international trade and investment submerge local concerns about social equity.

This talk reviews concepts of social equity in the face of national and binational programs and public administration, and recommends improving levels of equity in the border for enhanced human security and quality of life as well as stability of economic systems.

Collins has over 20 years’ experience in addressing regional socio-economic, demographic, environmental, educational, and trade issues in the U.S.-Mexican border region.  She has worked with governing agencies at the federal, state, and local level, and non-profit entities that face growth, sector expansion, job loss, industrial development or redevelopment challenges.

Her current research focuses on social networks and equity policy along the U.S.-Mexico border.  Her service includes being recently appointed as the North American Editor for the Journal of Borderlands Studies; being a member of the U.S. EPA’s Good Neighbor Environmental Board — a Congressionally mandated board that advises the U.S. President on environmental and infrastructure issues along the United States border with Mexico; the university’s faculty liaison for CLADEA (Consejo Latinoamericano de Escuelas de Administración); and the current chair of the City of Redlands Park and Recreation Committee.

She earned a Ph.D. in Applied Social Sciences, with a focus on Public Administration from El Colegio de Frontera Norte, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico; a certificate from the Rural Community Development Executive Training Institute at Cornell University; a Master of Arts in Political Science from San Diego State University; a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego; and studies abroad in Santiago, Chile, through University of California, Davis.  Her most recent publications can be found in Google Scholar and Research Gate.

For more information, contact Robie Madrigal, Pfau Library, at rmadriga@csusb.edu or (909) 537-5104.

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