Anita Huizar-Hernández is an Assistant Professor of Border Studies in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Arizona. She received her Ph.D. in Literature (Cultural Studies) from the University of California, San Diego where she specialized in Literatures and Cultures of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, with an emphasis on Arizona. Grounded in archival research, her work engages Arizona’s multi-ethnic cultural production as a point of departure to examine the context and complexity of local, regional, and national debates about citizenship and belonging.
Carmen King de Ramírez has a Ph.D. in Spanish literature and culture and a Master’s in Sociolinguistics with an emphasis on bilingualism in the United States. Carmen studied in Costa Rica and Guadalajara, Mexico and has led study abroad programs in Perú, México, Spain, and the Dominican Republic. She has worked with Mexican-American border issues through No More Deaths (a non-profit organization that strives to end the death and suffering of migrants crossing the Sonoran Desert), organizing desert survival courses for migrants, and developing border education programs for university students. Carmen coordinates the Spanish Immersion/Homestay program in Nogales, Mexico.
Scott Nicholson lives and works at the Hogar de Esperanza y Paz (HEPAC) community center. His first trip to Latin America was to the Mesa Grande refugee camp in Honduras in 1989. He met with people that were preparing to return home to El Salvador, in the midst of the civil war, to claim their right to live as a civilian community in the countryside. He visited them again in their community of Ignacio Ellacuría in El Salvador in 1990 – one month after an air force helicopter fired a rocket at one of the homes and killed four children and one adult. The U.S. government was training and arming the Salvadoran military and witnessing that destruction changed Scott’s life. He visited Colombia in 2001 with a compañera from Ignacio Ellacuría and they accompanied a peasant organization that was working with communities suffering repression from the U.S.-supported military in that war. Scott moved to Colombia in 2006 and spent four years accompanying human rights organizations. He now lives just three miles south of the border wall that separates Nogales, Sonora from Nogales, Arizona which enables him to witness the impact of U.S. economic and immigration policies, and to accompany the people of HEPAC in their efforts to create a humane, community-based alternative to those policies.