Borderlands Webinar – Of Walls and Bridges: Instrumentality and Dysfunction at the Border

Date(s) - 03/30/2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Bass Conference Center

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Of Walls and Bridges: Instrumentality and Dysfunction at the Border
Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, Chief Inclusion Officer, Texas Christian University

Thursday, March 30
12:00 noon
Bass Conference Center at Brite Divinity School
Lunch provided

Parking available for in-person attendees in the EC-11 lot near the TCU Music Center. CLICK HERE to view map.

This presentation will be available online via a Zoom webinar. To participate virtually, please register at

Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado was named Senior Advisor to the Chancellor and the Chief Inclusion Officer at Texas Christian University in June 2022. He was formerly the Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Success at the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO), and was recently named a Faculty Fellow with the Ralph Lowe Energy Institute at TCU and was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of Nebraska.

At UNO he served as the chief student affairs officer with oversight of diversity, inclusion and equity issues for all students on the campus. This included the divisions of Veterans and Military Affairs, Multicultural Affairs, TRIO – Project Achieve, and the Success Academy. He was instrumental in the creation of scholarship and pathway programs at UNO serving first–generation college students and other under-represented groups in law, national security and intelligence, medicine and public service including the Dreamers Pathway Scholarship Program and the award-winning Underserved Law Opportunity Program.

He is the former Treasurer and a past Executive Council member of the American Political Science Association. He is also Past President of the Latino Caucus in Political Science of the American Political Science Association, served as the founding Director for the UNO Office of Latino and Latin American Studies (OLLAS), and is a former Senior Faculty Associate with the University of Georgia’s Center for International Trade and Security. He was the past Director of the UNO Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence Program under the auspices of the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Dr. Benjamin-Alvarado also served on the Nebraska Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights as the Chair. He has served on the boards of philanthropies, non-profits and corporations in the Midwest, and is a community leader in advancing inclusive leadership, workforce development and citizenship writ large including roles with the Humanities Nebraska Foundation, The Salvation Army – Kroc Center, Boys Town, the Omaha Community Foundation, FBG Services Inc. and the Latino Center of the Midlands.

A native of California, he received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Georgia in 1998, and M.A. from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) at Monterey in International Policy Studies in 1992. He also attended the University of California Santa Barbara, UCLA, and Harvard University. He and his wife Beth have been married for 32 years, and they have a daughter, Isabel.