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Wednesday, February 25

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Plenary Session I "The Current State of International Higher Education"
Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara

Speakers:

Lic. Antonio Leaño Reyes
President
Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara
Guadalajara, Jalisco
Mexico

Rodrigo Guerra Botello
Secretary General
Federation of Private Mexican Instituions of Higher Education (FIMPES by its acronym in Spanish)
Mexico City, Distrito Federal
Mexico

Dr. Juan Alfonso Fuentes Soria (PowerPoint Presentation)
Secretary General
Central American University Superior Council (CSUCA by its acronym in Spanish)
Guatemala, Guatemala

Dr. Roberto Villers Aispuro
Academic Director
Mexican Association of Universities and Higher Education Institutions (ANUIES, for its acronym in Spanish)

Thursday, February 26

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Plenary Session II "The Role of Government in Strengthening University Partnerships"

Guadalajara 1 – 5

Speakers:

José Francisco Quiroz Acosta
Delegado del Estado de Jalisco
Dirección General para América del Norte
Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores, Delegación Jalisco
Guadalajara, Jalisco
Mexico

Margaret Hug (Video)
Coordinator
100,000 Strong in the Americas
Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
U.S. Department of State
Washington, District of Columbia
USA

Commentator:

Jaime Reyes Robles
Secretary of Science and Technology Innovation
Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology
Government of the State of Jalisco
Guadalajara, Jalisco
Mexico

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Lunch

Guadalajara 1 – 5

Speakers:

Dr. Catherine E. Woteki
Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics (REE)
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Washington, District of Columbia
USA

Stephanie F. Syptak-Ramnath
Minister Counselor for Public Diplomacy
U.S. Embassy in Mexico
Mexico City, Distrito Federal
Mexico

Workshops Presentations

Thursday, February 26

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Session 1Session presented in Spanish
Guadalajara 6

“Academic Credit Transfer between Universidad Panamericana and DePaul University: An Example of Comprehensive Academic Collaboration that Generates an Impactful Program"

Presenters:

Esther Quintero-Guzman
Associate Director of Regional Initiatives
DePaul University
Chicago, Illinois
USA

Ana Laura Chavez
Professor, School of Economic & Business Sciences
Universidad Panamericana
Guadalajara, Jalisco
Mexico

Abstract:

DePaul University and Universidad Panamericana have developed an academic collaboration that includes: student exchanges, short–term programs, faculty development programs, co–teaching programs and, more recently, virtual collaboration programs between students, researchers and experts in international topics.  This extensive collaboration has led to an academic credit transfer agreement, ensuring maximum benefit for both the Mexican and the American students, which does not limit the participation of those of Hispanic origin.

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Session 2 – Session presented in Spanish
Guadalajara 7

“Effective Training Programs in New Mexico, Mexico and Costa Rica”

Presenters:

Dr. Eliseo Torres
Vice President for Student Affairs
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico
USA

Dr. Roberto Rodríguez Barquero
Vice Chancellor for Global Strategies
Universidad de Iberoamérica
San José
Costa Rica

Dr. Paul Edmunds
Interim Director, Global Education Office
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico
USA

Abstract:

Two concepts will introduce training programs for students, staff and faculty in Mexico and Central America. The first concept is the 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative.  The University of New Mexico has opened an office in Mexico City for the purpose of recruitment and collaboration with Mexican universities to support intensive English academic programs.  The second concept serves Central American universities and includes a collaboration between the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica, HACU and the Universidad de Iberoamérica of Costa Rica.  This collaboration initiated the internationalization of universities throughout Central America.

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Session 3 – Session presented in English and Spanish
Guadalajara  8

“U.S. Accreditation, Institutional Improvement and Innovation in Latin America”

Presenters:
Dr. Fernando León García
President
CETYS Universidad
Mexicali, Baja California Norte
Mexico

Dr. Alberto Gárate Rivera
Vice President for Academic Affairs
CETYS Universidad
Mexicali, Baja California Norte
Mexico

Abstract:

A growing number of universities in Latin America and the world are seeking U.S. institutional accreditation.  This presentation highlights some reasons for U.S. accreditation as well as the commitments that this entails.  Reflections are drawn from CETYS Universidad’s experience and the impact on faculty, students and several other areas leading to institutional improvement and higher quality.

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Session 4 – Session presented in English

Guadalajara  9

"A Look into a Model of Bilingual, International and Sustainable Universities"

Presenters:

Jesús Román
Language Department Coordinator
Universidad Tecnológica El Retoño
El Llano, Aguascalientes
Mexico

Elva Patricia Saracho Martínez
President
Universidad Tecnológica El Retoño
El Llano, Aguascalientes
Mexico

Luis Felipe Álvarez Maynez
President
Universidad Tecnológica de Saltillo
Saltillo, Coahuila
Mexico

Abstract:

The objective of this presentation is to provide an insight into a groundbreaking concept in public higher education in Mexico called Bilingual International and Sustainable Technological Universities.  Students of these institutions have the opportunity to take a fully bilingual technical education with scholarships and internships abroad that give them a global vision and competence.  This presentation will begin with an introduction of the features and characteristics of the Bilingual International and Sustainable Model followed by some testimonials from students, faculty and staff members of the institution.

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Session 5 – Session presented in English

Vallarta

“International Collaboration: The Universidad de Guanajuato and Maricopa County Community College District”

Presenters:

Jaime H. Herrera
Faculty
Maricopa County Community College District
Tempe, Arizona
USA

Kathryn Howard
Program Manager
Maricopa County Community College District
Tempe, Arizona
USA

Mario Castañeda
Faculty
Maricopa County Community College District
Tempe, Arizona
USA

Dr. Sergio Arias Negrete
Academic Director
Universidad de Guanajuato
Guanajuato, Guanajuato
Mexico

Abstract:

The Universidad de Guanajuato and Maricopa County Community College District signed a memorandum of understanding in 2007, which highlights four areas of cooperation: study abroad, faculty development, student exchanges, and faculty/staff exchanges.  This panel will briefly describe the history of the agreement, and will share successes and challenges. There will also be a specific discussion by two professors, one from each institution; they will describe how they have been able to cooperate on specific initiatives.

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Session 6 – Session presented in Spanish
Guadalajara 6

“The Internationalization of Higher Education within Actual Work Experiences"

Presenters:

Dr. Ismael Zamora
Professor, Graduate Education
Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara
Zapopan, Jalisco
Mexico

Gabriela Díaz Medina
Professor, Graduate Education
Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara
Zapopan, Jalisco
Mexico

Martha Raquel Huerta Anaya

Professor of School of Tourism and Gastronomy
Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara
Zapopan, Jalisco
Mexico

Abstract:

One of the central themes within university curriculums is on-the-job training, in other words, learning happens in the workplace when students participate in the production of goods and services, applying and using the specific professional skills they acquire in their academic program.

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Session 7 – Session presented in Spanish
Guadalajara 7

“Integrating Latino Cultural Capital to Catalyze Success in STEM”

Presenters:

Dr. Britt Rios-Ellis
Dean
California State University, Monterey Bay
Seaside, California
USA

Abstract:

This presentation will explore the "Promotores" (student peer mentorship) of the STEM Program, which is grounded in the Latino Cultural Capital Model. The tenets of the model will be presented followed by a theoretical and applied explanation of the components, design, and evaluation of the "Promotores" program. Outcomes data demonstrate that participation in the "Promotores" program results in statistically significant and positive changes in GPA as well as positive role models among Latino STEM students.

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Session 8 – Session presented in English
Guadalajara 8

"Academic Mobility in the Internationalization of Higher Education: From Theory to Practice"

Presenters:

Dr. Imelda Olague-Caballero
Assistant Professor
Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua
Chihuahua, Chihuahua
Mexico

Abstract:

This work documents the implementation of an academic collaboration in the engineering field between two universities located in the border states of New Mexico and Chihuahua. The main outcomes of this partnership are the establishment of a dual Doctorate Degree Program in Engenieering (Ph.D.), and a dual Aerospace Engineering Bachelor Degree Program.

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Session 9 – Session presented in English
Guadalajara 9

“International 101: Making a Global Workforce”

Presenters:

Carol Fimmen
District Director of International Programs
San Antonio, Texas
USA

LaTanya Woods
Coordinator of International Relations
Alamo Colleges
San Antonio, Texas
USA

Abstract:

"International 101: Making a Global Workforce" is a workshop designed for international professionals in higher education who currently face the challenge of preparing multicultural leaders for a global marketplace. Through an interactive dialogue about the needs of the 21st century workforce, this workshop will explore best practices, common challenges, and any questions concerning implementing a strategy for capacity building that is useful across cultures

 

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Session 10 – Session presented in English
Vallarta

“Paving the Way to Success in International Education”

Presenters:

Annabelle Galera Simpson
Global Education and Workforce Division
Educational Testing Service (ETS)
Princeton , New Jersey
USA

Mariza Troncoso
Chief Executive Officer
Mastertest-International Certification
Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo
Brazil

Monica Pasello

Chief Operating Officer
Mastertest-International Certification
Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo
Brazil

Jesús Rojas
Deputy Director of Assessment Services, IIE Office for Latin America
Institute of International Education (IIE)
Mexico City, Distrito Federal
Mexico

Abstract:

Government policy has had a dramatic impact on the internationalization of higher education in Latin America.  Two examples are in Brazil and Mexico where government-led or influenced educational programs are producing a new generation of international scholars. This panel will describe how these programs are conducted in each country and the role that ETS English assessments has in ensuring the success of students in these programs.

Friday, February 27 

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Session 11 – Session presented in Spanish
Guadalajara 6

“Finding International Diversity within a Local Context”

Presenters:

Dr. Marcela Uribe
Director of Service Learning and Faculty Initiatives
Texas A&M International University
Laredo , Texas
USA

Dr. Sergio Garza
Assistant Professional
Texas A&M International University
Laredo, Texas
USA

Abstract:

This session will present the possibility of internationalization within a local context.  This workshop will discuss the possibility of finding alternatives to internationalization within the local context and the elements necessary to develop a program that promotes not only higher education, but literacy.  This session will also discuss the development of pedagogies that promote the reduction of socioeconomic disparities, and the acceptance of diversity and differences.

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Session 12 – Session presented in Spanish
Guadalajara 7

“North American Studies Program as an International Strategy”

Presenters:

Dr. Daniel A. Romero León
Program Coordinator of American Studies
Universidad Veracruzana
Xalapa , Veracruz
Mexico

Abstract:

The North American Studies Program at Universidad Veracruzana specifically represents a strategy of curriculum internationalization and, in general, an effort in line with the "100,000 Strong in the Americas” initiative to encourage the training of students capable of facing the realities and challenges of the 21st Century from a regional and international perspective

 

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Session 13 – Session presented in English
Guadalajara 8

“Emotionally Intelligent Leadership Skills: Students and Faculty as Global Leaders”

Presenters:

David Carrillo
Professor in Human Services
Elgin Community College
Elgin, Illinois
USA

Abstract:

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) skills are abilities necessary to prepare students and faculty to become global leaders. Intelligence is no longer the most significant indicator of leadership and success. Successful leaders possess various EQ skills, including self-awareness, assertiveness, empathy, impulse control, and flexibility, among others. These are skills that successful individuals can develop and practice. Here, you will learn what EQ is and how to develop it.

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Session 14 – Session presented in English
Guadalajara 9

Hermanas: Diseña Tu Futuro Conference Partner to Create Future STEM Workforce”

Presenters:

Jaime Herrera
Faculty
Mesa Community College
Mesa , Arizona
USA

Anna Marti-Subirana
Professor of Biology
Phoenix College
Phoenix, Arizona
USA

Abstract:

Hermanas: Diseña Tu Futuro Conference is a proven public/private partnership model for engaging the hearts and minds of Latinas through STEM career exposure.  The model has been implemented for ten years at Maricopa County Community Colleges in Arizona.  Discussion will include pre/post survey and matriculation results as well as conference best practices.

 

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Session 15 – Session presented in English
Vallarta

“Mariachi Performance: Outreach and Retention Strategy”

Presenters:

Dr. Leonor Perez
Title V Administrator
Southwestern College
Chula Vista, California
USA

Dr. Lauryn Salazar
Assistant Professor of Musicology
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas
USA

Abstract:

Innovative cross-departmental and institutional programming such as the use of the arts to support STEM college student retention provides opportunities both at the student and at the institutional level.  By offering inclusive and diverse programming, institutions will yield positive academic and social outcomes and improve the college climate. This presentation explores how mariachi music affects retention among students thereby providing opportunities for understanding how arts-based practices can affect personal and social outcomes for Latino students.

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m
Session 16 – Session presented in English
Tonalá

Southbound Mobility, It’s Up to U.S. – No Excuses!” 

Presenters:

Mike Proctor
Vice President for Global Initiatives
The University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
USA

Abstract:

Mexico presents and ideal location and partner for exchange and mobility initiatives.  While security in limited areas in Mexico may present challenges, perceptions have led to a near shutdown of southbound mobility despite the fact that most of Mexico is open to travel.  This presentation will review policies and practices opening ravel to Mexico, a pending nationwide effort to familiarize U.S. universities with the ease of southbound travel, and several model programs to facilitate southbound mobility.

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Session 17 – Session presented in English
Guadalajara 6

“Preparing Hispanic Bilingual Students for Leadership in the International Workforce”

Presenters:

Dr. Ezequiel Peña
Director, Center for Mexican American Studies and Research
Our Lady of the Lake University
San Antonio , Texas
USA

Dr. Yolanda Rodriguez-Escobar
Associate Professor of Social Work
Our Lady of the Lake University
San Antonio, Texas
USA

Abstract:

Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) such as Our Lady of the Lake University are committed to recruiting Latino/a and Latin American biliterate faculty and students and are well-poised to establish partnerships to prepare the multilingual, global workforce of the future.  HSIs skilled in international collaborations and partnerships between Spanish language departments and professional programs have developed model educational programs that draw on the potential inherent in Latino/a bilinguals’ linguistic resources.  Panelists will feature innovative programs in bilingual education, social work, psychology, and communication disorders developed in collaboration with the Spanish Department at Our Lady of the Lake University.

 

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Session 18 – Session presented in English
Guadalajara 7

“Developing Collaborative Programs and Professional Initiatives between Missouri State University and HACU Member Universities in Mexico”

Presenters:

Juan Meraz
Assistant Vice President
Missouri State University
Springfield , Missouri
USA

Dr. James Baker
Vice President for Research and Economic Development and International Programs
Missouri State University
Springfield, Missouri
USA

Angel Cano Garza
President
Universidad Latina (UNILA)
Mexico City, Distrito Federal
Mexico

Dr. David Hough
Dean, College of Education
Missouri State University
Springfield, Missouri
USA

Abstract:

Missouri State University has formed partnerships with universities in more than twenty countries.  The university is focused on establishing multiple partnerships in South and Central America, particularly in Mexico with HACU member institutions.  Missouri State University is developing new programs to create faculty and student collaborative programs as well as professional development opportunities for Mexican students in the United States.  This will provide opportunities for students from Mexico to study at Missouri State University under the umbrella of a signed agreement between universities.

 

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Session 19 – Session presented in English and Spanish
Guadalajara 8

“Developing Hispanic Global Leaders: An Example of a Class Project”

Presenters:

Dr. Marcela van Olphen
Associate Professor
Saint Leo University
Tampa, Florida
USA

Abstract:

Realistic, small-scale projects can serve to prepare the international workforce of the 21st century. Critical thinking, cross-cultural awareness, use of technology, and formal writing skills are critical for this purpose.  This presentation provides an overview of how a class assignment, the “Global Leaders Community Project Proposal,” incorporates these elements to promote global citizenship and international collaboration while helping English language learners to develop academic language skills.  Pedagogical strategies and examples of students’ projects are provided.

 

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Session 20 – Session presented in English
Guadalajara 9

"Change Model: Purposeful Leadership for the 21st Century"

Presenters:

Dr. Carlos Nevarez
Professor
California State University, Sacramento
Sacramento , California
USA

Dr. Juan Carlos Gonzalez
Associate Professor
California State University, Fresno
Fresno, California
USA

Dr. Porfirio Loeza
Professor
California State University, Sacramento
Sacramento, California
USA

The presentation will challenge participants to think critically about what leadership and organizational changes are needed to prepare the international workforce of the 21st century.  In doing so, an institutional leadership model will be presented to help attendees to think about their own experience with the change process.

 

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Session 21 – Session presented in Spanish
Vallarta

“Improving Education Quality: The Case of the University of Medical Sciences”

Presenters:

Dr. Pablo Guzmán Stein
President
Universidad de Ciencias Médicas (UCIMED)
San José
Costa Rica

Abstract:

This session will analyze the accreditation process for the Medicine and Pharmacy degrees at UCIMED through the model of SINAES (The National Accreditation System of Higher Education in Costa Rica) and will describe the positive impact of this process on academic teaching, students, research and management, contributing to the quality of human resource training to meet the needs of the country and to allow for student and faculty mobility through the establishment of international agreements.

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Session 22 – Session presented in English
Tonalá

"Working Together Towards Internationalization:  Puebla VIA Program"

Presenters:

Armando García Yáñez
Director of International Affairs
Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP)
Puebla, Puebla
Mexico

Stephanie F. Syptak-Ramnath
Minister Counselor for Public Diplomacy
U.S. Embassy in Mexico
Mexico City, Distrito Federal
Mexico

Elisa E. Muguruza Serrallonga
International Relations
Ministry of Education of the State of Puebla
Puebla, Puebla
Mexico

Abstract:

A group of eight top public and private HEIs in the city of Puebla identified the main challenges to attract U.S. students to Mexico.  As members of a consortium and partnering with the state and local governments as well as with the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, they designed an attractive Summer Program to meet these challenges.  This session will describe the program’s content, what the U.S. students can expect to gain, and where the consortium hopes to take the program in the future.  It will also address the benefits and challenges of working collaboratively across private and public universities.