Newman Club expands border awareness

Ten student members of the Newman Club traveled to Tucson, Ariz., for a border awareness experience over spring break. BorderLinks is a leading program in experiential education that raises awareness and inspires action around global political economics

Among the activities the group participated in were immigration simulations using role-playing; a visit to Southside Presbyterian church, where the Sanctuary movement began in the 1980’s; the annual Women on the Borders recognition dinner; prayer vigil in memory of migrants who have died in the desert; a visit to the Migrant Aide Station and Shelter in Naco, Mexico. They also volunteered one morning at Casa Maria, an ecumenical mission of a Catholic Worker Community, and enjoyed an overnight home stay with a Mexican family in Nogales, Ariz.

Wall on the border of Mexico and Arizona

The group also observed the 800-mile long wall that has been erected by the U.S. along the border, and took a desert walk led by Mary Goethals, a member of Samaritans, which patrol the desert carrying food, water, and emergency medical supplies.

Samaritan in the desert.

Author: jmwaecht

Assistant to the President for Communications
Editor/Designer of alumni magazine – A-Stater