The Trans-Border Institute (TBI) was founded in 1994 at the University of San Diego (USD) to promote scholarship, studies, research, and activities related to Mexico and the United States-Mexico border, and to encourage an active role for the University in the cross-border community.
The TBI provides (and encourages others to provide) information, contacts, seminars, and learning opportunities to faculty, students and staff of the University of San Diego, as well as people who live on both sides of the border.
TBI is intended to serve as a vehicle of communication, in order to break down barriers between the people who live on both sides of the United States-Mexico border.
Activities and Projects
TBI provides grants to University of San Diego faculty, staff, and students for research and activities related to the U.S.-Mexico border. Each year grants are awarded to USD faculty (up to $12,500) for scholarly research, with the remainder awarded to student, faculty, and staff proposals for border-related projects and activities.
Each year TBI sponsors conferences, speakers and other events to bring attention to key border issues and US-Mexico relations. These events are open to the general public.
TBI publishes Nexus, an occasional newsletter distributed electronically and in hard copy. TBI's website provides free online access to border related information for groups on and off campus.
TBI Justice in Mexico Project
The TBI Justice in Mexico Project coordinates and disseminates research on the rule of law and reforms to the administration of justice in Mexico. The project maintains a website and produces original research on a wide range of topics related to public security issues, accountability and transparency, and access to justice in Mexico.
TBI Mapping Project
The TBI Mapping Project includes demographic, socioeconomic, development, and political maps of the U.S.-Mexican border region and Mexico. Detailed information such as population density, unemployment rates, per capita income, and electoral are available in the TBI Mapping Project.