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The economic, political and cultural life of this region is the product of two distinct cities; San Diego and Tijuana. The relationship between these two urban centers, separated by an international border, is often misunderstood and undervalued. The wealth of exchanges that currently exist between businesses, artists, and educational and political entities will be discussed in this forum, in what we hope will be the beginning of an ongoing dialogue.
| Thursday, Nov 21, 2013
11 a.m. to noon in room L238 N/S
Andrew S. E. Erickson
U.S. Consul General in Tijuana
Consul General, Andrew S. E. Erickson oversees the activities of the Consulate in the states of Baja California and Baja California Sur.
Over the course of his career, Mr. Erickson has worked on political, economic and multilateral affairs, as well as on refuge and migratory affairs. In addition to service in U.S. Embassies in Algeria, the Seychelles Islands, Panama, Bolivia and Colombia, Erickson has also worked on European refugee issues at the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels and with international organizations in Geneva at the U.S. Mission there. In Washington he has served as Deputy Director for Haiti in the Office of Caribbean Affairs.
Mr. Erickson’s most recent overseas assignment was as the Senior Civilian Representative at Regional Platform South West in Afghanistan, responsible for non-military operations in South West Afghanistan.
Mr. Erickson is a history graduate of Brown University, and has a Master’s of Science in National Security Strategy from the National War College in Washington, DC. He and his wife Cyrille have two grown daughters. He is from Oakland, California.
Remedios Gomez Arnau
Consul General, Consulate General of Mexico in San Diego
Remedios Gómez Arnau is an experienced diplomat and an expert on migration and consular issues. She served as Consul General of Mexico in Atlanta from 2001 until January 2008 when she was appointed by the President Consul General in San Diego. Prior to Atlanta, she was Academic Secretary and Associate Researcher at the Center for Research on North America (CISAN) of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), where her research interests included U.S. foreign policy and the Mexico-United States bilateral relationship. At the Ministry of Foreign Relations (SRE) she served as consultant to the Undersecretaries of North America during Presidents Carlos Salinas and Ernesto Zedillo administratives. She was also Director of Consular Protection, Deputy Director of Consular Protection Studies, and Head of the Department of Political and Legal Affairs with the United States.
Professor of English Composition
Southwestern Community College
Professor of English Composition, Southwestern College (Chula Vista, CA, ); he also teaches Literature, and Creative Writing and is Co-Director of SWC Guest Writers Series.
He holds an A.A. in English from Southwestern College, as well as a B.A. in Comparative Literature and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Fiction) from SDSU.
Poet, translator, and musician, his poems and translations have been published in various online and print publications and anthologies on both sides of the U.S./Mexico Border. In 2009, he started Frontera Drum Fusion, a poetry/music collective that combines percussions, Pre-Hispanic instruments, electric and digital music, with spoken word in English, Spanish, Spanglish, and Ingleñol.
Musical projects and collaborations include performing with the groups Itzam-Na, Liberated Youth, and EstereoCaos. Since 2010, he has played percussion solo for Joseph Julian Gonzalez' "Misa Azteca" with Southwestern College Concert Choir.
Bernardo Andrade, MBA
Business Professor (adjunct)
Southwestern Community College
BIO: Bernardo was born in San Diego and raised in the Baja California region. He was exposed to Mexican and American cultures through family, friends, sports, pop culture, music and television.
An experienced international business and logistics professional, Bernardo Holds a MBA from CETYS-Tijuana, a dual international business BA from SDSU and CETYS through the MEXUS program. He has pursued executive education at MIT and International business training at MSU.
He’s the logistics coordinator for an organic soap manufacturer; teaches logistics and transportation at SWC and CETYS; and, participates in social and business organizations.
Dr. Angelica L. Suarez
Vice President for Student Affairs
Southwestern Community College District, Chula Vista, California
Dr. Angelica L. Suarez serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs for Southwestern College (SWC) in Chula Vista, California, where she is responsible for the overall leadership of the District’s student support services and programs serving over 20,000 students each semester. Her previous administrative experiences include serving as the Dean for the SWC Higher Education Centers in Otay Mesa and San Ysidro and Dean of the Wright College Humboldt Park Educational Center in Chicago. Dr. Suarez has also held faculty positions in counseling at Wright College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, and Southwestern College in Chula Vista, California.
Her educational background includes a doctoral degree in Educational Policy and Leadership Studies from Loyola University Chicago (2002), a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from California State University at Long Beach (1996), a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from California State University at Long Beach (1993), and an Associate Degree in Liberal Studies from East Los Angeles College.
Her collective community college experience has provided her with different perspectives as a former student, faculty member, and now administrator. Not surprisingly, her research interests have focused on the community college student experience, in particular, the forward transfer of Latino/a community college students, and the positive factors that influence the transition from the community college to the university.
Center for International Trade Development (CITD)
Southwestern CollegeVictor Castillo is the Director of the Center for International Trade Development (CITD) at Southwestern College. The CITD provides consulting and training to small businesses. He has helped coordinate many of the business and international education programs for the College in areas such as: small business development, workforce development, entrepreneurial training, international trade, border trade, bi-national education, and certificated programs in international business. Castillo has been involved for more than twenty years in community and economic development. He and programs under his leadership have received numerous awards and recognitions including Chancellor’s Award of the CA Community Colleges, and the Presidential “E” Star Award for Export Services.