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Frontera Fridays are quarterly events that connect leaders from both sides of the border to UC San Diego and serve as a platform for learning, networking and discussing opportunities and challenges that make our binational region unique. They honor the legacy of Chuck Nathanson and the San Diego Dialogue.

Frontera Fridays is co-sponsored by the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies and UC San Diego’s Urban Studies and Planning Program.

Closed to the public. Please contact us for more information.

Upcoming Events

Currently there are no upcoming events.

Past Events

Evolving Challenges for Migrants in the San Diego-Tijuana Region

Oct. 11, 2019

The Rooted University

May 17, 2019
Report (PDF), Photos
This event focused on the creation of “civic infrastructure” linking the university and community through urban gardens to meet challenges related to food security and health. Participants learned about efforts underway to create climate-friendly biotic/renewable energy systems at a campus and neighborhood scale.

Tijuana River Watershed Tour

Jan. 25, 2019
This event was an opportunity to observe various areas of this important bi-national watershed, the Tijuana River, while engaging in a broad discussion of ways to improve its management. The day concluded with a luncheon discussion at the Sunset Lounge in Playas Tijuana. 

Three Californias

Feb. 2, 2018
Brief (PDF)
This Frontera Fridays event will focus on the shared history and ecology of California, Baja California and Baja California Sur. 


Aug. 24, 2018 
This Frontera Fridays event will focus on baseball in the San Diego/Tijuana region. We will start at Petco Park to learn about the history of the San Diego Padres and then head south and visit Estadio Gasmart and the Tijuana Toros.

Manufacturing Day

Oct. 6, 2017
Brief (PDF)
This quarter’s Frontera Friday coincides with Manufacturing Day and is co-sponsored by the San Diego EDC where the Center will be given a private tour of Samsung International, Inc. in Tijuana.

Art and Cultural Institutions at the Border

April 21, 2017
This Frontera Friday focused on contemporary art at the border and the intersections of cultural production, policy and economic reform. We visited the Chicano Park in Barrio Logan and have some tamales before heading to Tijuana and visiting 206 Arte Contemporaneo Gallery and the Relaciones Inesperadas Exposition at CECUT.

Binational Craft Beer Revolution

Feb. 3, 2017 
During this Frontera Friday, participants met with craft brewers in San Diego and Tijuana to learn how they got started and the opportunities and challenges that they face. In addition, local government and trade group leaders discussed the role they play in making the region the number one producer of cerveza artesanal in their respective countries.

Manufacturing Day

Oct. 7, 2016
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Speaker: Andrea Giralt, USMEX Fellow and Consultant
This Frontera Friday was presented by UC San Diego Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies and featured a private tour of Samsung International, Inc.

Cross-Border Initiatives for Health Communities

Aug. 12, 2016
Speaker: Dr. Maria Gudelia Rangel Gómez, Mexico’s Executive Secretary to U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission

Port to Port: San Diego & Ensenada Maritime Infrastructure

April 1, 2016
Presentations: Port of Ensenada (PDF) and Ensenada International Terminal(PDF) | Brief (PDF) | View Photos
Speaker: Antonio Ortiz-Mena, senior advisor, Albright Stonebridge Group

Indigenous Cultures and History

Dec. 4, 2015
Brief (PDF) | View Photos
Speakers: Michael Connolly Miskwish, Member of the Campo Band of the Kumeyaay Nation
Michael Wilken, Department of Anthropology, California State University San Marcos

Binational Rail: Connecting the Region

Aug. 15, 2015 
“Cross-Border Short Line Railroading” by Dr. Peter Swan (PDF) | Maps (PDF) | Brief (PDF) | View Photos
Speaker: Dr. Peter Swan, Railroad Industry Veteran

Binational Efforts for Ecological Restoration: Green Infrastructure and Transborder Bioregionalism

Apr. 10, 2015
Story | Brief (PDF) | View Photos
Speaker: Maria Elena Giner, General Manager, Border Environment Cooperation Commission

Advanced Manufacturing: An Engine for Growth in the Binational Regions

Nov. 7, 2014
Brief (PDF) | View Photos
Speaker: Arturo Sarukhan, former Mexican Ambassador to the U.S.