Mexico Center’s Mission and Objectives
The UTSA Mexico Center, established in October 2005, is an umbrella organization within UTSA that connects existing Mexico-related expertise at UTSA through cross-disciplinary collaboration on research projects and activities.
The Center’s primary goal is to address and generate transnational dialogue and research on public policy issues that affect the people of Mexico and the United States in the hope that this dialogue will translate into bilateral and cooperative policy recommendations. The Mexico Center aims at shifting the emphasis in the discussion of key issues from political and unilateral to academic, analytical, and bilateral.
The University of Texas at San Antonio provides an outstanding location for a center that addresses crucial issues of how U.S. and Mexico policies and practices affect families and communities on both sides of the border. UTSA is the second largest institution in The University of Texas System and the fastest growing university in Texas. It is a key border/South Texas center of education, prominent for its inclusion of Hispanic faculty, staff, and students. An Hispanic-serving institution, UTSA provides education opportunities for large numbers of historically underrepresented students. Sixty percent of UTSA’s student body is comprised of minorities, forty-four percent of which are Hispanic.
To accomplish its goals, the UTSA Mexico Center collaborates with several Mexican or Mexico-related organizations and institutions both in Mexico and the United States. Among them are the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara (UAG), the Universidad de Chapingo, the Instituto de México in San Antonio, and Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together (MATT.org).