From left to right:
Geoff, Alisha, Kate, Josue, Rosalva, Mari, Cristen
Mari Galup, Academic and Community Director and BSP Instructor
Originally from Chaclacayo, Peru, Mari Galup has resided in Tucson since 2006. She joined the Border Studies Program in the spring of 2017 after a number of years teaching at the University of Arizona where she received her PhD from the Gender and Women's Studies Department in 2016. Her academic work reflects her interests in transnational feminisms, Third world and women of color theories and praxis, decolonization, indigenous knowledge, social movements in the Americas, migrant justice, and food justice and food sovereignty. Since making Tucson her home, Mari has been involved in a number of grassroots organizations such as the Protection Network Action Fund (Pronet) and the Language Justice Collective that work on a number of issues present in the borderlands. Mari's self care revolves around her dog Luna, her birth and extended queer family, and the desert landscape that she loves. She also enjoys, plants, reading, yoga and travel, which she is privileged to do every so often.
Rosalva Romero, Housing Coordinator and Education Assistant
Rosalva Romero is the housing coordinator for the Earlham College Border Studies Program . Originally from Hermosillo, Sonora, Rosalva has lived in Tucson for twelve years and since her arrival has been very involved in working with various community groups. She was an active organizer against the anti-immigrant Proposition 200 in Arizona, was involved in the “Mi Familia Vota” movement to activate Latino voters in Arizona, and also organized a women’s program through the Tucson Community Food Bank. After organizing health care workers for SEIU, Rosalva most recently worked with American Friends Service Committee and the Southwest Institute for Research on Women to promote labor rights among the immigrant community and especially of the rights of Women workers. She currently works for the Community Food Bank and is a personal docent to local schools, teaching them about sustainability, healthy eating and gardening. She also co-coordinates the women's empowerment group, Comité Fortín de las Flores. Rosalva has three wonderful children, and looks forward to continuing to work with Border Studies students.
Geoff Boyce, Academic Director and BSP Instructor
Geoff joined the Border Studies Program in January 2016 and is the Academic Director for the Border Studies Program. In 2016 Geoff earned a PhD from the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona, where he also completed a two year postdoctoral research fellowship and maintains a departmental affiliation. Geoff's research work covers everyday forms of immigration and border policing across North America, including the U.S. / Mexico and U.S. / Canada border regions. He has also conducted research and published on the intersections of technology, state power and social movement resistance in Mexico, Arizona and Michigan. Geoff's writing has been featured in a number of academic journals and online in Z Magazine, CounterPunch and NACLA Report on the Americas. Although born and raised in the Detroit area, Geoff has lived in Arizona since January 2001. Since that time he has been involved in a number of social movement and community struggles in the southern Arizona borderlands. Between 2006 and 2013 Geoff worked as a volunteer spokesperson for the southern Arizona humanitarian organization No More Deaths.
Cristen Vernon, Director of the Spanish Language Curriculum and BSP Instructor
Cristen Vernon is beginning her fifth year as Spanish instructor at the Border Studies Program and is exciting to continue to co-teach alongside Tucson community members. Cristen was born in the greater Phoenix are, moved to rural Michigan at ten years old, and then made her way back to the desert in 2013. Learning Spanish became her tool for politicization in a small Midwestern town and gave her the privilege to earn a living teaching after she graduated with her masters in Applied Spanish Linguistics at Michigan State University in 2008. She has been teaching Spanish in a variety of contexts since 2005 including at Midwestern universities and to folks doing solidarity work here in the borderlands. Cristen owes much of her current political education to the grassroots organization La Coalición de Derechos Humanos where she began volunteering in the summer of 2012. She is currently interested in exploring ways to bring a language-justice focus to the program.
Josue Saldivar, Spanish Instructor & BSP Staff
Josue joined the Border Studies Program in August of 2016. Josue was born in Agua Prieta, Sonora. He's an activist and a DACA Recipient from Tucson, AZ. He started his activism back in 2009 with ScholarshipsA-Z whose work focuses on providing resources to students, parents, and educators in order to make higher education accessible to all students regardless of their immigration status. He later also became a part of Mariposas Sin Fronteras in 2014 whose work focuses on providing resources and support to LGBTQ+ detainees both in and after immigration detention. Through his lived experiences in Tucson, AZ, Josue's activism keeps changing as both progress and new obtacles keep emerging in his community.
Kate Morgan, Director of Student Services and BSP Instructor
Kate Morgan came to Tucson for the first time in 2010 to volunteer with the humanitarian-aid organization, No More Deaths (NMD). She immediately feel in love with the Sonoran desert and the amazing community of activists living, working and fighting for justice in the borderlands. In 2011 she moved to Tucson to work as a full time desert-aid worker and to serve as the Volunteer Coordinator with No More Deaths. From 2013-2016, Kate lived in Chicago, IL working for The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights connecting detained immigrant youth to legal resources and support. She returned to Tucson in late 2016 and was thrilled to accept the Program Assistant position with the Border Studies Program.
Kate holds a Masters in Social Work (MSW) and Masters in Public Affairs (MPA) from the University of Washington-Seattle. She studied abroad in Quito, Ecuador and has also spent time living in Caracas, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.
Patty Lamson, Director of the Border Studies Program
Patty Lamson, PhD, is the Director of the Center for Global Education at Earlham College and the Director of the Border Studies Program. She and her husband developed the Border Studies Program in 1997 and she continues to be impressed by how this program has evolved and developed in amazing and meaningful ways. Today the program is more relevant than ever.
Melissa Cox, Administrative Assistant
Melissa is the Administrative Assistant at the Center for Global Education at Earlham College and the Border Studies Program. She has been with us since 2016.