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Ambassador discusses Mexico and U.S. relations as part of lecture series

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Jasmine Aguilera
Mexico Ambassador to the U.S., Eduardo Medina Mora, speaks at UGLC Wednesday afternoon.

Mexico Ambassador to the United States, Eduardo Medina Mora, discussed UTEP’s Washington Monthly ranking, international relations and changes taking place in Mexico Wednesday afternoon at the UGLC.

He spoke as part of the Centennial Lecture Series and was the first of fall’s lecture line-up.

“Education here at UTEP has become a socially transformative force,” he said. “Universities in the border region have a special role to play…because they intimately understand many of the challenges many of the students face.”

Mexico Ambassador to the U.S., Eduardo Medina Mora.
Mexico Ambassador to the U.S., Eduardo Medina Mora.

Mora has worked in both public and the private sectors. Before working in the U.S., he was Ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom from Nov. 2009 to Jan. 2013. Prior to that appointment, he held cabinet-level positions in the Mexican government.

Mora said the U.S. is trying to boost bi-national education, including bringing more Mexican students to America.

“We want to harness the type of social mobility that UTEP is distributing throughout the entire nation,” he said.

Artist Sebastian, the sculptor who designed "La Equis" in Juárez, donated a sculpture to UTEP Wednesday afternoon. He attended the Centennial Lecture Series.
Artist Sebastian, the sculptor who designed “La Equis” in Juárez, donated a sculpture to UTEP Wednesday afternoon. He attended the Centennial Lecture Series.

Mora said Mexico has been dealing with environmental, political, educational and tax reforms, among others.

“Hardly any analyst thought that transformation was possible,” he said. “It simply had to happen for Mexico to advance.”

Several members of the audience had questions for the ambassador. Senior finance major, Kevin Duran, asked about the threat of ISIS in Juárez, and Mexico’s approach to securing the border.

Mora said there is no definitive proof that ISIS has formed alliances in Mexico or will be able to reach the border.

“We take this very seriously,” he said. “We have been mapping and following every potential terrorist link in Mexico, it didn’t start on Sept. 11, 2001, it started way before. We must make our best effort to protect the border.”

Jasmine Aguilera may be reached at [email protected].


 

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Jasmine Aguilera
Jasmine Aguilera, Editor-in-chief
Jasmine is a senior multimedia journalism major with a minor in anthropology. She began practicing journalism as a high school student when she joined the Tejano Tribune, El Paso Community College’s student newspaper. During her senior year she became the first ever high school student to become editor-in-chief of the Tribune. She moved on to join The Prospector team in the fall of 2011. Jasmine has covered national politics, immigration, poverty, human trafficking, refugees and more in her time holding various editorial positions at The Prospector and as an intern reporter at the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire and Gannett News Service, both in Washington, D.C. She aspires to become an international reporter and tell stories that do not receive the attention they deserve. Until then, she spends her time following the news and guiding a very talented team in reporting for a student audience and the El Paso community. She also enjoys a good book, art, music and the occasional Netflix binge (House of Cards and Breaking Bad remain her favorite).
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