I do not think most students are aware of the rich cultures of the region and the opportunities understanding Latin America offers.

To do this we need to enhance scholarship, help address major policy issues and help students take advantage of living on the border in a way that will transform their lives.

The University of Arizona is special, and I am very pleased to be here because I want to help students take advantage of the remarkable opportunities the university offers.

With the rich cultural heritage and history of the state, coupled with its location, the University of Arizona is positioned to be a national leader on Latin American scholarship and international policy.

Everyone at Arizona should learn Spanish, Latin American history and culture, ... It opens doors for learning and jobs. It should be viewed as part of the state heritage.

I have been involved in border research for more than 20 years, ... I have collaborated with Latin American colleagues on research in Mexico, Central America and South America.