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University of Arizona
Building bridges with international students
Building bridges with international students

My Mexican father applied to colleges in the United States in the late 1940s and was offered scholarships by the University of Arizona and by Western Reserve (now Case Western Reserve) in Cleveland. His father sat him down and drew a line from west to east across a map of the United States and said: "Below this line, they don't like Mexicans." It was a fateful moment, ensuring Dad would return to Mexico upon graduation. He did not like the cold. He would have loved Tucson. Dad did enjoy his studies in Cleveland and got a lot out of the experience, notwithstanding his nearly flunking music composition. His was a classic liberal arts education, blending economics, history...