Education Staff

Indira Arce

Education Director
indira@borderlinks.org

Indira was born in Durango, Mexico and later immigrated to the United States at the age of nine. After much struggle as an undocumented student, she attended UCLA and graduated with a B.A. in History and Latin American studies. In 2011, she moved to Arizona and began working at BorderLinks with the hope of applying her passion for Latin America and learning to be more intentional about working towards social justice.

 “I think my experience having been undocumented in this country for eleven years has allowed me to really see many of the issues surrounding migration through a very personal lens” she comments. And that is exactly what she expects her work at BorderLinks will show. She believes in challenging participants to see their experience in the border not as an academic endeavor, but more as an opportunity to humanize the conversation around migration. “I believed constructive dialogue is one of the most powerful tools in developing understanding and alliances between communities…and that’s exactly what BorderLinks strives to do” she concludes. She became the Education Director in the Fall of 2014.

Outside of work, Indira loves to hang out with her 4-year old maltipoo, Mila. She hopes to go back to graduate school in the near future and live abroad in Latin America (Colombia, to be exact!)

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Program Organizer
david@borderlinks.org

Originally from Washington D.C., David graduated from Vassar Collegewith a degree in Geography. While at school, David studied the shifting and complex relationship between land, labor, migration, and borders. He explored these topics in his extracurricular work with the Poughkeepsie Farm Project, an urban food justice initiative, and with the Rural and Migrant Ministry, a farmworker advocacy organization. In the spring of 2012, he was fortunate enough to participate in a BorderLinks delegation with thirty of his classmates. He is ecstatic to be returning to Tucson to continue his work with BorderLinks!

When he isn’t at BorderLinks, David is an active member of Jewish Voice for Peace – Tucson. He also likes to work on the pottery wheel and give the mugs he makes to his friends.

Sabina Trejo

Program Organizer
sabina@borderlinks.org

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Program Organizer
Young Adult Volunteer, USA
grace@borderlinks.org

 

Grace Dover, BorderLinks’ Program Organizer, grew up in Sao Paul, Brazil and the San Francisco Bay Area. After graduating from Davidson College in North Carolina, Grace chose to do a year of service with Young Adult Volunteers Presbyterian Church (USA). Fortunately, Grace was placed with BorderLinks, where she is able to develop her interests in immigration, experiential education, and Spanish. Grace is grateful for the opportunities to learn new educational methods, travel to the border, and connect with groups who are fighting for a more just and holistic immigration system.  In her free time, Grace likes to dance, hike, and make jokes with her twin brother.

Nathan Watts

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nathan@borderlinks.org

 

Nathan is from Dallas, Texas and is a recent graduate of Vanderbilt Divinity School where he focused his studies on the intersections of social ethics and theology.

For the past three years Nathan has served on the board of directors of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America, experiencing community in action and developing strategies of non-violent resistance to societal suffering and injustice.

Nathan is excited to be at BorderLinks and for the opportunity to work in a multicultural, multi-lingual team atmosphere in cultivating educational experiences oriented to social change. He is thrilled for the chance to learn from our community partners, as well as the delegations we host, about their lives and visions for the world, and to help where he can in continuing the mission of BorderLinks ‘to build healthy and just communities where everyone has a chance for a full and dignified life.’

Alex Devoid

Program Organizer
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Alex grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. He completed his undergraduate studies at Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, North Carolina with a degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Spanish. After graduating in 2011, Alex spent a year and a half in Managua, Nicaragua volunteering through the United Methodist Church as a Young Adult Missionary. He arrived at BorderLinks in March of 2013 for the second part of his Young Adult Missionary term.

Alex has recently enrolled in dual-degree masters program at the University of Arizona in Journalism and Latin American Studies. We are lucky enough to have kept Alex as a part-time staff member as he continues his studies.