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Tucson, Arizona
On the Border: Discussions in the Classroom and the Community
Students participating in Border Culture in the Classroom and the Public Square on a trip to the Mission San Xavier del Bac in Tucson, Arizona. Image courtesy of Pima County Community College.

Located near the United States’s southern border, Pima Community College (PCC) is the primary public higher education provider for the Tucson area. It serves a large population of immigrant students, as well as people connected directly and indirectly with border control. As Sandra Shattuck, a faculty member at the college, describes the area, “Tucson offers a confluence of cultures since it sits seventy miles from the U.S.-Mexico border at Nogales and is also home to refugee and immigrant populations.” In response to an NEH call for proposals designed to foster public discussion about common issues, PCC created a program around an issue of intense interest to the community that would put its students in dialogue with regional culture: Border Culture in the Classroom and the Public Square.

“Tucson offers a confluence of cultures since it sits seventy miles from the U.S.-Mexico border at Nogales and is also home to refugee and immigrant populations.”
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