Cross-Border Partnerships and Conferences

Liaison for UNT-Jalisco Collaboration

Liaison SigningFor over a decade and a half, the University of North Texas (UNT) has had a productive relationship with the Secretariat of Education in the State of Jalisco, Mexico. In 2001 UNT and the Jalisco Secretariat established a collaborative agreement, and in December 2014 the agreement was renewed and signed by the Secretary of Education of Jalisco and the UNT President. Current projects include research projects, joint conferences, and faculty and student visits.

With its large organizational structure, the Jalisco Secretariat oversees more than 2,250,000 students and more than 118,000 teachers. Among all the Mexican states, the state of Jalisco stands out in its efforts to accomplish a global presence and establish international relations.

2019 Conference on Education and Culture

"Cross-Border Research Symposium"
March 27-29, 2019
UNT, Denton, Texas

2018 Conference on Education and Culture

"Educar sin fronteras"
May 29-30, 2018
Arandas, Mexico

2018 Jalisco ConferenceUNT faculty and doctoral students participated in the 8th Conference on Education and Culture co-hosted by UNT and the Secretariat of Education of the State of Jalisco, Mexico. At the conference held at Escuela Normal de Educadoras de Arandas in the city of Arandas, UNT Dean Randy Bomer gave the keynote address titled “Education with a View of the Borderland.” During the visit to Jalisco, the UNT delegation met with Secretariat officials and visited schools in Guadalajara. Members of the delegation also collaborated with Jalisco colleagues on research projects focused on teacher preparation, transnational youth, and educational leadership.

2016 Conference on Education and Culture

"Educar en la diversidad"
May 24-27, 2016
Guadalajara, Mexico

The UNT delegation of faculty and doctoral students participated in the 7th Conference on Education and Culture hosted by UNT and the Jalisco Secretariat. The conference was held at Instituto Superior de Investigación y Docencia para el Magisterio. While in Guadalajara, the group also visited the Normal Superior de Especialidades de Jalisco and the Instituto Cultural Mexicano Norteamericano de Jalisco, and they met with the US Consul General, Tanya C. Anderson. Included in the UNT delegation was Gabriel Caranza, Assistant Vice Provost for Global Engagement.

2015 Conference on Education and Culture

"Cross-Border Challenges and Opportunities"
May 1, 2015
UNT, Denton, Texas

UNT collaborated with the Secretariat of Education of Jalisco, Mexico, and the Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas in hosting the 6th Conference on Education and Culture, which was held at the UNT Gateway Center. The conference opened with welcoming addresses by Jerry R. Thomas, Dean of UNT’s College of Education; Teodomiro Pelayo, Coordinator of Teacher Preparation and Development, Jalisco Secretariat of Education; and Nancy Nelson, UNT’s Meadows Chair for Excellence in Education. Conference topics included cross-border collaborations, intercultural communication, academic writing in global context, transnational and transcultural mariachi, the retornados, heritage language learning, intercultural bilingual education, and indigenous permaculture. Featured speakers were Ulla Connor, Director of the Center for Intercultural Communication at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and José Octavio Tripp Villanueva, Consul General of Mexico in Dallas. A special performance was presented by UNT’s Mariachi Águilas.

2014 Conference on Education and Culture

"Intercultural Connections Across Borders"
March 25-27, 2014
Guadalajara, Mexico

The 5th Jalisco-Texas Conference on Education and Culture was held in Guadalajara, Mexico, at the Benemérita y Centenaria Normal de Jalisco. Sponsors included the Meadows Chair for Excellence in Education as well UNT’s College of Education and the Department of Teacher Education and Administration.  The conference addressed a variety of topics, including bilingual education, indigenous education, academic writing in global context, migration of students and educators and educational policies regarding linguistic and cultural diversity.

Conference Participants