El Paso – The University of Texas at El Paso welcomes the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 31, at Magoffin Auditorium. The event is open to the public.
Napolitano will deliver remarks that highlight the Department of Homeland Security's unprecedented efforts to secure the Southwest border. The event is the second in a yearlong series of discussions at colleges and universities.
"We are honored that Secretary Napolitano has chosen to come to UTEP to deliver remarks about the Department of Homeland Security's efforts to secure the Southwest border," said UTEP President Diana Natalicio, "and we are very pleased to welcome her back to our campus. UTEP's border location and our numerous ties to Mexico greatly deepen our interest in the issues on which Secretary Napolitano and the Department of Homeland Security are currently focused, and we look forward to hearing her perspectives on them."
Napolitano is the third Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. She served as the 21st Governor of Arizona from 2003 to 2009. Prior to her election as governor, Napolitano served as Attorney General of Arizona from 1999 to 2002. She was one of several high-ranking government officials to participate in the 2009 Border Security Conference at UTEP.
UTEP's location on the U.S.-Mexico border, near Fort Bliss and White Sands Missile Range, has created partnerships with government and private industry to address homeland security and defense issues, while providing excellent research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.
UTEP is designated as a National Center for Border Security and Immigration by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It is also one of only 10 universities that received a grant from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in 2006 to create an Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence, which prepares students for careers in our nation's intelligence agencies through the Master of Science in Intelligence and National Security.
U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes will join Natalicio and Napolitano at the event. The presentation is free and open to the public. Parking is available at the UTEP Sun Bowl Parking Garage.