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A group of concerned graduate students from South Texas College and the University of Texas Pan American (now the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley) founded Border Issues of Texas, Inc. in December 2014 to improve and empower the quality of life of our border region communities.


The IRS recognizes us as a Section 501(c)(3) registered public charity, enabling our sponsors and donors to claim a tax exemption.

The initial meeting of the group allowed them to discuss the need to empower marginalized zones through educational initiatives. The group additionally recognized the importance of establishing an independent social research center to provide a comprehensive yet accessible look at the state of affairs in our border region.


Inform, Educate and Empower


To inform, educate, and empower our Southern U.S.– Mexico border communities by promoting solutions through media, social research, and actions that advance the common good.




  • Embrace change and innovation.

  • Ensure recognition as a quality community services provider.



Education - Inspire citizens to ask fundamental questions, engage with ideas, explore the world and reflect on the great issues of our times.

Commitment – We are dedicated to the success of our clients and partners.

Dedication  If we want to achieve something, we find a way.

Inclusion - We value equity, inclusion, and dignity for all.

Accountability - We accept responsibility for our actions.

Learning - We learn from every opportunity and every person we have the joy to come to know.



Dr. Juan R. Ramírez, President


                           Dr. Ramírez is a full-time professor at South Texas College. He specializes in public education. His training 

                       includes undergraduate and graduate work in education at the University of Texas - Pan American and Texas A&M University at Kingsville.




Cesar E. Quintanilla, Vice - President 

                           Mr. Quintanilla is a graduate of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. His training includes undergraduate

                            and graduate work in education, kinesiology, and health at the University of Texas at the Rio Grande Valley. He

has a devoted passion for civil rights, humanitarian relief, education, and social services.





Manuel A. Alonso, Treasurer / Secretary


                            Mr. Alonso serves as our secretary. He was a part-time professor at the University of Texas-Pan American and a

                         Spanish-language media contributor. Mr. Alonso is a graduate of South Texas College and the University of Texas

               -Pan American. His training included undergraduate and graduate work in public education and literature.





Dr. Miguel A. Nevárez


University President Emeritus
Former University of Texas – Pan American President


Sister Norma Pimentel 


Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley


Mr. Alonzo Cantú


Business Owner/Developer
Cantu Construction & Development Company


Mr. Mario Reyna

Former Academic Dean for Business and Technology
South Texas College

Ms. Sara M. Lozano


Academic Dean for Business, Public Safety and Technology
South Texas College







Marco A. Córdova, Executive Director

                           Mr. Córdova is a South Texas College and University of Texas-Pan American graduate. He has general               

                           knowledge of public education, microbusiness development, and health issues. His training includes 

                           undergraduate and graduate work in education, health, Spanish language journalism, literature, and

                           English/Spanish linguistics.


                           He reports to the Board of Directors and seeks advice from the Advisory Committee. Mr. Córdova has the overall strategic and operational responsibility for our nonprofit's staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. Mr. Córdova is thoroughly committed to our nonprofit's mission.




Felipe A. González, Project Outreach Coordinator

                        Mr. González has extensive knowledge of international law, border affairs, and human rights. His training includes

                       undergraduate and graduate work in law at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León in Mexico. Mr. González has presented numerous United Nations workshops in Latin America.

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