What Cortina Was To Me: Galvanizing

The Cortina experience gave me a very real and human perspective on some of the most pressing social justice issues facing our world today. Most notably, my experience focused heavily on immigration. Through a half-week service trip and weekly volunteering at Pixan Ixim in south Omaha, I was presented with a salient example of the plights of modern immigrants in my own backyard. Relaxing around a dinner table and swapping stories in quasi-Spanglish was the best context for learning about individual immigrants’ decisions for coming to the U.S.,  their unique struggles within our own city, and their hopes and dreams for their lives. Nowhere in textbooks or newspaper articles could I find stories like I heard through immigrants firsthand. Combined with the information I was presented from the Cortina ethics class and conversations with fellow students, the valuable experiences in Cortina gave me a balanced view of the multi-faceted nature of immigration, as well as many other topics such as gay marriage, human trafficking, sustainability, the death penalty, etc.

Though my Cortina experienced has long since ended, the critical lens through which I view social justice issues continues to hone itself within the context of my education, my career decisions, and my political views. As a future dentist, I am cognizant of healthcare difficulties facing immigrants. My aim is to one day provide low-cost dental services to various under-treated populations. As a citizen, I try to be aware of current events affecting unjust practices in our world by listening to NPR, voting, and engaging with people of different worldviews than mine. Truly, the Cortina experience has shaped the way I approach my life. I live with greater gratitude for the opportunities afforded me. However, the concept of social justice mandates more than mere reflection. Social justice demands action, just as love demands action.  And it is through my actions that I hope to continually live out the values I acquired through my time at Creighton and in Cortina.

One word to describe my Cortina experience: galvanizing
-Theresa Greving, A Cortinian from 2009-2010

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Immigration Resources

Below is an ever-expanding list of resources to further our understanding of immigration and issues surrounding immigration. Please comment below if you have additional resources to add to the list!

Books:
Enrique’s Journey
The Devil’s Highway
Dead in Their Tracks
Down by the River
Coyotes
Hard Line: Life and Death on the U.S.-Mexican Border
Crossing Over
Twilight on the Line
Across the Wire: Life and Hard Times on the Mexican Border
Forging the Tortilla Curtain
By the Lake of Sleeping Children: The Secret Life of the Mexican Border
Nobody’s Son
Wandering Time
Children of Immigration
National Research Council: The New Americans: Economic, Demographic, and Fiscal Effects of Immigration
RAND Corporation: Immigration in a Changing Economy: The California Experience

Articles:
Strangers No Longer, Together on the Journey of Hope -U.S. Catholic Bishops
Welcoming the Stranger Among us: Unity in Diversity -U.S. Catholic Bishops
N.Y. Times Photos of the U.S.-Mexico Border
Centerfor American Progress: Facts on Immigration Today
Catholic Social Teaching on Immigration and the Movement of Peoples
Immigration Policy Center: Giving Facts a Fighting Chance
KinoBorder Initiative: Documented Failures: The Consequences of Immigration Policy on the U.S.-Mexico Border
I’m Here but I’m There: The Meanings of Latina Transnational Motherhood
Potentially Traumatic Events Among Unaccompanied Migrant Children from Central America
WorldBank: The Effect of IMF and World Bank Programs on Poverty
Pew Hispanic Center: Unauthorized Migrants: Numbers and Characteristics
The Labor Demand Curve is Downward Sloping: Reexamining the Impact of Immigration on the Labor Market
North America Free Trade Agreements

Videos:
Dying to Live
Miracles in Mexico

Organizations:
Kino Border Initiative
Youth Empowerment Services
Annunciation House
Casa de Proyecto Libertad, Harlingen, Texas
Casa YMCA in Piedras Negras, Mexico
Grupo Beta
No More Deaths
Comité de Derechos Humanos
Corrections Corporations of America
US Border Patrol
UNICEF
United Nations Development Programs (across Latin America)
Humane Borders
Drug Enforcement Agency

Information/Research Centers:
US Department of Homeland Security: Office of Immigration Statistics
Pew Hispanic Center
Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California, San Diego
US Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)
Mexico Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Central American Resource Center, CA
National Migration Institute of Mexico
Centro de Derechos Humanos Tepeyac del Istmo de Tehuantepec
Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica
US Department of Health and Human Services
Notre Dame Center for Latino Studies