Castro center for border studies in Nogales is making progress

A year after expressing its interest in opening a border studies center in the former Nogales home of Gov. Raul Castro, the University of Arizona’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences said it has formally obtained possession of the home and begun fundraising efforts.

The Castro family donated the century-old Crawford Street home to the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) more than a year ago, but Ginny Healy, senior director of development at SBS, said fundraising and planning for the Castro Center for Border Studies and Outreach couldn’t move forward until July, when the SBS formally took ownership of the home. Once that occurred, the college enlisted award-winning film director and producer Luis Carlos Davis, a UA graduate from Nogales, and Media Technician with the OIA, in its efforts.

In September, Davis released a video with images of the historic home and interviews with SBS staff and students, UA professors, Crawford Street residents, Mexican academics and Beth Castro, the former governor’s daughter. The video can be viewed at

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