Experience Your Border: A Learning Tour of Cross-Border Issues in the Tijuana-San Diego Region

Tuesday, August 9, 2016
9:00am - 5:00pm PDT
Multiple locations along both sides of the San Diego-Tijuana border
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We live in a unique region of the world, where environmental health factors and socio-political and cultural movements can have significant impacts on people living on both sides of the San Diego-Tijuana border. As a result, the policies and practices on one side inevitably affect the health and wellbeing of the other.

During this full-day excursion to Tijuana, you will learn current research about cross-border air and water quality issues, and hear directly from the bi-national practitioners who are working to address them. Guest speakers from U.S. and Mexican civil society organizations, their private sector partners, and the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana government will discuss how innovative partnerships on these issues have influenced the Mexico-U.S. relationship.

Join Us To

  • Cross the Western Hemisphere’s busiest land port of entry – 50,000 northbound vehicles and 25,000 northbound pedestrians cross each day!
  • Hear about binational collaborative interventions that aim to prevent disease and create health-supportive environments to improve lives in both regions
  • Build relationships with peers (old and new) on both sides of the border
  • Celebrate Tijuana’s diverse cuisine and local beer and wine offerings over a working lunch prepared by students at the Colegio de la Frontera Norte and during a happy hour debrief with local craft beers and wines on the rooftop of northern Mexico’s first sustainably-designed, LEED certified building, Via Corporativo.

Presenters Throughout the Day

  • Serge Dedina, Mayor, Imperial Beach and Co-Founder & Executive Director of WILDCOAST
  • Margarita Diaz, Executive Director, Proyecto Fronterizo para Educación Ambiental
  • Michael Krichman, Executive Director, inSite
  • Daniel Watman, Bi-National Coordinator of Bi-National Friendship Park
  • Preeti Shah, Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana
  • Representatives of the Dulce Wireless Project (including the lead researcher, Mexican government and Qualcomm Wireless Outreach™) and Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve

Designed For

This program is part of the Learning Tour series to get grantmakers out from behind their desks and into the field. It is designed for staff, trustees, and donors of philanthropic organizations, individual philanthropists, investors, and other invited guests as appropriate. All event registrations are reviewed to determine eligibility. We respectfully request that attendees refrain from engaging in fundraising and other development activities at all SDG events.


This program is presented in partnership with U.S.-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership, Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego, and International Community Foundation.


  • $85 per person for SDG members and their signficiant others, as well as for all donors and trustees of the partner organizations listed above.
  • $145 per person for non-member grantmakers or those not affiliated with a planning partner organization. 

Lunch will be served.

Per Mexican border policy, a current and valid passport book or passport card is required to enter Mexico as a pedestrian (even with a Global Entry/SENTRI card). Additionally, tour timeframes are subject to change due to unpredictable wait times at the border crossings in both directions. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding if the tour extends beyond the scheduled end time.

It is SDG's policy that event registration cancellations must be received in writing seven days prior to the event in order to be refunded.

Please register by Wednesday, August 3.


We will meet at the Visitor Center of the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve (TRNERR) on the U.S. side of the border at 9:00AM. We will be crossing the border on foot in both directions. Please note that anything brought onto the bus will need to be taken off and carried with you through the border crossing. Wear comfortable shoes and prepare for potentially long-waits.

9:00-9:45AM -- Light breakfast and presentation at the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve

9:45-11:00AM -- Depart for San Ysidro Border Crossing and enter Mexico (on foot)

11:00AM-12:00PM -- Topic-based learning at Friendship Park/U.S. Border Fence, Playas de Tijuana

12:00-1:30PM -- Lunch at Colegia de la Frontera Norte

1:30-2:00PM -- Panel discussion about health implications of cross-border issues

2:00-2:30PM -- Driving Tour of Zona Rio, Tijuana’s Business & Government District 

2:30-3:30PM -- Rooftop drinks at Via Corporativo building, the Gold LEED Certified and ninth tallest building in Tijuana. Refreshments will be from Bar 20, of Javier Placencia's Mission 19 and we will hear from Preeti Shah, Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana

3:30-5:00PM -- Return to U.S. and Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve

Materials & Takeaways