Trans-Border Opportunities Certificate

The Border Beyond the Headlines

Too frequently, the U.S.-Mexico border is framed as a dead zone, a breeding ground for crisis and tragedy, and a symbol of political division. Yet the border is a vibrant space, a source of boundless creativity and hope, and a vital economic hub. Reframing the border as an opportunity rather than a threat, building bridges not barriers, and engaging with the region’s economic and cultural possibilities requires a new set of knowledge and skills. The Kroc School’s Trans-Border Opportunities Certificate Program prepares working professionals, students, and aspiring civic leaders to help shape the future of the border region.

Announcing TBO 2019 

What You'll Learn:
Participants in the certificate will learn to identify unique possibilities for business, entrepreneurship, activism, and public problem-solving presented by the border environment. Structured in five modules highlighting politics, people, products, places, and culture in the border region, students will gain substantive knowledge about a range of border issues.

Interactive evening and weekend seminars will teach key border-related skills including awareness of relevant data and information sources, provide contact with local leaders and decision-makers, and offer an understanding of the spatial dynamics of the border region.

Taught by Trans-Border Institute staff and featuring exciting guest speakers who are regionally and nationally known experts and practitioners, students will interact with those who best understand the border and are on the front lines of shaping its future.

How it Works:
To earn the certificate, participants will complete a minimum of 4 classroom seminars and 2 field seminars, of their choice. Participants in the certificate program may take additional classroom seminars at no additional cost, as well as additional field seminars for a nominal fee.

Full Certificate: $1,800*
Early Enrollment: $1,700* (enroll by June 1)

25% discount available for NGOs and University of San Diego students and alumni. 

*Meals included

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Summer 2019 Schedule


July 10: Classroom Seminar — 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Fates, Furies, and Towers of Babel: Immigration Politics

Greg Prieto, USD


July 13: Field Seminar — 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Walls and Bridges, Laws and Policies: Tour of the Physical Border


July 17: Classroom Seminar — 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Border and Immigration Politics: Security Beyond the Controversy


July 31: Classroom Seminar — 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

The Other Supply Chain: The Cross Border Drug War   


July 20: Field Seminar — 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

On the Frontlines of a Humanitarian Crisis: Migrant Shelters in Tijuana 


July 24: Classroom Seminar — 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Supply Chains, the Innovation Economy, and the Cross-Border Boom

Don José Galicot, Tijuana Innovadora


July 26: Field Seminar — 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Visit to Tijuana Call-Center and Manufacturing Hub 



August 3: Field Seminar — 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

The Perils of Progress in Greater California: The Cross-Border Water Crisis


August 7: Classroom Seminar — 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

The Border Region: Stakeholders & Political Culture


August 10: Field Seminar — 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Urban Planning 2.0: Visit to the Escuela Libre de Arquitectura and Insurgente

Miguel Marshall, Centro Ventures


August 14: Classroom Seminar — 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Tijuana Renaissance: Re-Building Tijuana’s Tourism