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Dominican Hosts U.S./Mexico Higher Education Summit

Monday, April 29, 2019

Dominican University hosted on April 25 a delegation of 23 Mexican university presidents and senior leaders, as well as 31 U.S. college presidents, as the kick-off of a number of Chicago area campus tours as part of the U.S./Mexico Higher Education Summit. The summit, which was organized by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), focused on the importance of international educational exchanges, particularly given the current nationalist political climate in the U.S. Dominican shared with participants ideas and opportunities for faculty and student exchange programs, including internships and shared research projects. 

The summit follows the inaugural gathering in 2017 of U.S. university presidents in Guadalajara, Mexico, during which President Donna Carroll served as a speaker. 

Following a welcome by Donna Carroll in Parmer Hall Atrium, Rodrigo Guerra Botello, secretary general of the Mexican Federation of Private Institutions of Higher Education, presented her with a commissioned etching by Mexican artist Luis Moor. Botello thanked Donna for her efforts to build bridges, instead of walls, between the U.S. and Mexico and for her support of immigration reform and the rights of undocumented students.

Delegates then moved to the Martin Recital Hall, where they heard from Provost Jeff Carlson and Interim Dean of the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences Chad Rohman as well as university deans Roberto Curci (Brennan School of Business), Kavita Dhanwada (Borra College of Health Sciences), and Jake Bucher (College of Applied Social Sciences).

During a luncheon in the Noonan Reading Room, Margaret Hug, regional education initiatives director of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, spoke about the 100,000 Strong in the Americas program, a public/private sector partnership that supports student exchanges and training programs between the Americas.

Delegates also visited DePaul University, North Central College, North Park University and Rockford University during their summit.