Summer has been a busy time at USMEX! Our team traveled to New York for the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Congress and to Washington, D.C., for the Wilson Center's annual "Building a Competitive U.S.-Mexico Border" conference.  

We were also honored to host a two-day retreat for Mexico's Institute for Mexicans Abroad (photos), which brought together academics with Mexican diplomats from consulates across the U.S., Mexico's Ambassador to the U.S. and the Mexican Deputy Foreign Minister for North America. Discussions focused on Mexico's engagement with its diaspora of more than 25 million people living in the U.S.

Last week, we celebrated our sixth Frontera Fridays series. These quarterly events connect and inform leaders from both sides of the border to UC San Diego's research on cross-border issues in an immersive and engaging program that serves as a platform for learning, networking and discussing opportunities and challenges that make our binational region unique.

Next month on Sept. 8, we will travel to Mexico City for our annual reception that brings together former visiting fellows, Summer Seminar participants, Mexico Moving Forward presenters and friends. Please let me know if you will be in Mexico City then. We look forward to catching up with our network and updating you on the latest happenings at USMEX and GPS. 

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Un abrazo,
Melissa Floca
USMEX Interim Director
"Building a Competitive U.S.-Mexico Border" 

USMEX Interim Director Melissa Floca joined U.S.-Mexico Foundation CEO Rebeca Vargas and Congressman Will Hurd for a panel on education and human capital creation at the Wilson Center's third annual "Building a Competitive U.S.-Mexico Border" conference. Read more >>
Frontera Fridays

Attendees toured the Hospital Infantil de las Californias and learned about a variety of cross-border health initiatives from health practitioners. The group also attended a presentation at SIMNSA on its health insurance plan and the new hospital it is building, which will be an affiliate of the Scripps Health Network. Gudelia Rangel, Mexico's executive secretary to the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission, joined the group for the day. Photo gallery >>
Latin American Studies Association Recap

USMEX celebrated its 35th anniversary at LASA in New York City in May with the unveiling of an official history of the center. The gathering re-engaged former fellows and Summer Seminar participants who were attending LASA's 50th Congress. Photo gallery >>

Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies
School of Global Policy and Strategy
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