Cross-Border Engagement

At the University of San Diego, “local” includes the Tijuana region. As the closest Catholic University to the U.S./Mexico border, USD has a responsibility and a unique opportunity to engage with the Tijuana community. USD students, staff, faculty and alumni have “lived, worked and played” in Tijuana for over 20 years, engaging in meaningful partnerships with the community. The connections have deepened over time through the long-standing work of departments across campus including the Mulvaney Center, University Ministry, Hahn School of Nursing  and the Institute for Peace and Justice, amongst others. 

Tijuana is one of the fastest growing cities in Mexico and the opportunities and challenges it faces are interconnected to those in San Diego. Cultural vibrancy, economic interdependence and family ties are only some of the many threads weaving the Tijuana and San Diego communities. As a uniquely positioned Binational Anchor Institution USD strategically leverages its social and financial capital in partnership with the Tijuana community to advance the common good on both sides of the border.

USD's Tijuana Engagement

Map of USD's community engagement activities in TJ shown with blue dots..

See this Story Map for more on USD’s active collaborations across the border.


If you are a Tijuana Community Member and want to learn more about partnering with USD, please fill out this form.