2016 Conference on Education and Culture

"Educar en la diversidad"
May 24-17, 2016
Guadalajara, Mexico

2016 ConferenceFaculty and doctoral students from the University of North Texas traveled to Guadalajara in May 2016 to participate in the seventh 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.

The Secretariat of Education supervises early childhood education, elementary and secondary school, and higher education, which includes a number of universities, colleges and research centers. The partnership is more than 15 years old and has significant benefits for both UNT and the Jalisco Secretariat.

2015 Conference on Education and Culture

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

The University of North Texas collaborated with the Secretariat of Education of Jalisco, Mexico, and the Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas in hosting the Conference on Education and Culture at the UNT Gateway Center on May 1, 2015. 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 also Nancy Nelson, UNT’s Meadows Chair for Excellence in Education, who served as conference organizer.

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. Other speakers were from the UNT College of Education, UNT College of Music, UNT-International, and UNT-Sustainability, and also from the Secretariat of Education of Jalisco in Mexico, the University of Guadalajara, the Institute for Superior Studies of Research and Education for Teaching in Zapopan, Mexico, and SuBiré Business School also in Zapopan. A special performance was presented by UNT’s Mariachi Águilas.

The conference is one facet of the collaboration between UNT and the Secretariat of Education of Jalisco, which was recently formalized in December 2014 by a jointly-signed memorandum of agreement.

2015 Conference Participants

2014 Conference on Education and Culture

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

The Fifth Jalisco-Texas Conference in Education and Culture - Intercultural Connections across Borders: Issues and Initiatives - was held March 25-27, 2014, in Guadalajara, Mexico, at the Benemérita y Centenaria Normal de Jalisco. The conference was co-hosted by UNT's College of Education and Jalisco's Secretariat of Education, which oversees a large educational system of more than 2.2 million students. Sponsors included the Meadows Chair for Excellence in Education as well UNT’s College of Education and the Department of Teacher Education and Administration.
Presenters included faculty and doctoral students from UNT. Also on the program were Mexican educators and researchers, including faculty from ColegioSuBiré, an EC-12 school in Guadalajara that focuses on entrepreneurship and has an established partnership with UNT Sustainability.
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.
The Sixth Jalisco-Texas Conference will be held spring, 2015, at UNT.

Conference Participants