Mission and Objectives

To enhance the academic relationship and understanding between UT Dallas students and faculty with their Latin American counterparts, using an interdisciplinary approach to focus on international education, research, and public service programs to support the University’s mission in producing engaged graduates who are prepared for life and leadership in a constantly changing world.

Objectives of the Center

  • To provide curricula and exchange of faculty and students with Latin American universities to examine the areas of science, technology, management, social sciences, arts, and humanities.

UT Dallas has extended its linkages with Latin American higher educational institutions such as the Organization of American States (OAS), University of Lima (UL – Peru), Universidade-Federal De Santa Maria (UFSM – Brazil), COLCIENCIAS and COLFUTURO (Colombia), Fundacion Ortega y Gasset (Argentina), Mexican Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT), Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM – Mexico), the University of Guanajuato (UG – Mexico), Center of Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV – Mexico), the University of Sonora (UNISON – Mexico), the Technological Institute of Saltillo (ITS – Mexico), the Research Center for Advanced Materials (CIMAV – Mexico). Other key players actively involved in the development of the UT Dallas-Mexico agenda have been the Fulbright Foundation, the Mexican Association for International Education (AMPEI), the Brockmann Foundation, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the Autonomous University of Yucatan (Mexico), the Autonomous University of Puebla (BUAP – Mexico), and the Carbonifera Region Higher Education Technological Institute (ITESRC – Mexico).

UT Dallas professors and researchers have actively developed and supported the Center’s academic agenda. They provide the experience, ideas, and energy needed to ensure that the Center’s seminars, conferences, lecture series, and publications are of the highest quality. They often lecture to students and public officials in Latin America, and provide training from a leadership perspective. Since the academic year 2004-05 Larry D. Terry, Alain Bensoussan, Wolfgang Rindler, Juan Gonzalez, Anvar Zakhidov, Mihai Nadin, Alan MacDiarmid, Thomas Linehan, Jennifer Holmes, Douglas Watson, Anvar Zakhidov, Pablo Trinidad, Jeffrey Senita, Robert Nelsen, Susan Briante, Enric Madriguera, Charles Hatfield, Brian J. L. Berry, Monica Rankin, Manuel Quevedo, Diego Barrera, Paul Miguel Arevalo, among others, have lectured in Latin America.

The Center also leads programs to facilitate student international mobility such as the UT Dallas-CONACYT Scholarship, the UT Dallas-OAS Scholarship, the Pilot Program for Enrolling Mexican Students, the Good Neighborhood Scholarship Program, Brazil Scientific Mobility Program, the UT Dallas-Mexico Summer Research Program.

  • Developing an interdisciplinary program on issues of interest to both Latin America and the U.S., such as regional and sub-regional economic integration and their political and economic implications, issues in science and technology, arts and humanities and cultural development at UT Dallas.

Several courses related to the analysis of Latin America have been offered to UT Dallas students such as Colonial Latin American History, Latin American Popular Culture, Modern Latin American History, Introduction to Latin American Studies, Latin American Politics, Political Economy of Latin America, U.S. – Mexico and Latin America, Cuban Identity, Latin American Literature, Latin American Identity, Masterpieces: Borges & Cortazar, Topics in Economic Development: Mexico and Latin America., and U.S.-Mexico and Latin America Politics.

In addition to the regular courses, the Center leads the U.S.-Latin America Lecture Series, bringing high profile scholars, journalists, and politicians focused on the analysis of U.S. – Latin American affairs and/or the Latin American reality. Since 1995 Carlos Fuentes, Andres Oppenheimer, Elena Poniatowska, Ana Maria Salazar, Monica Verea, Peter M. Ward, Victoria Rodriguez, Adolfo Aguilar Zinser, Jacqueline Peschard, Arexi Urrutia, Mario Moises Alvarez, Adolfo Sanchez, Thomas Linehan, Larry D. Terry, Stephanie Newbold, Paul Ching-Wu Chu, Douglas Watson, Juan Carlos Romero Hicks, Anvar Zakhidov, Jose Carlos Gomez, Juan Guillermo Figueroa Perea, Jesus Silva Herzog, Robert Nelsen, Rita Lepe, Jorge Volpi Escalante, Enrique Hubbard Urrea, Susan Briante, Coral Bracho, Alejandro Tirado, Enric Madriguera, Octavio J. Esqueda, Raul and Daniel Olmos, Ma. Elena Labastida, Ruben Nieto, Soledad Loaeza, Ana Cervantes, Darla Deardorff, Brian J.L. Berry, Manuel Quevedo, Servando Aguirre Tostado, Monica Rankin, Monical Brussolo, Charles Hatfield, Raul Prieto, Carolina Dabbah, Adrian Avendano, Diego Barrera, and Paul Miguel Arevalo among others, have participated.

  • To facilitate UT Dallas academic leadership in the U.S. and Latin America and to prepare individuals for leadership on critical political, scientific, technological, and cultural issues of concern to both U.S. and Latin America.

The Center for U.S.- Latin America Initiatives (CUSLAI) has collaborated with associations and institutions to provide academic leadership in Latin American and the United States. In the past, the Center has developed joint programs with the Mexican Association for International Education (AMPEI), the National Aeronautics and the Space Administration (NASA), the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), the Association for International Education Administrators (AIEA), the Association of International Educators (NAFSA), Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC), and the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, among others.

As an effort to bridge the gaps of knowledge between both U.S. and Latin America, bi-national workshops in nanotechnology, biomathematics, materials science, software engineering and computer science, and art and technology have been organized by UT Dallas and its Mexican counterparts with the participation of many Latin American colleagues during the last nine academic years.

Two bi-national workshops in nano technology and biomathematics were organized by UT Dallas and its Mexican counterparts during the academic year 2004-2005. The first workshop, NanoScience for Advanced Applications: on Crossroads of Discipline, had such relevance for its content and commitment of international participants, including 2000 Chemistry Nobel Prize Laureate Alan MacDiarmid.

During the academic year 2005-2006 it is highlighted the symposium to commemorate the profound impact of Shiing-Shen Chern on the world of mathematics, especially on the Latin American mathematics, in November 2005 and co-sponsored by UT Dallas, CIMAT, and the Clay Mathematics Institute. In addition the course of Art and Technology was taught by Thomas Linehan and Pablo Trinidad at CIMAT in the Summer 2005. For the academic year 2006-2007, UT Dallas and the Institute of Physics of the University of Guanajuato will host the second bi-national workshop on NanoScience for Advanced Applications in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico, in September 2006. In addition UT Dallas and the CIMAT offered the Workshop on Computer Animation and Motion Capture in Guanajuato in June – July 2007.

During the academic year 2007-08, the Center led the opening ceremony of the annual conference of the Mexican Association for International Education (AMPEI) in Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico, with the participation of Prof. Brian J.L. Berry, who lectured on Globalization, Geography, and Comparative Advantage: New Opportunities for International Education. In addition, the Center offered the workshop on International Education Leadership: The Mexican Leader as an Intercultural Manager during this conference with the participation of Darla Deardorff from the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), Carlos Garcia de Alba from the Mexican Secretariat of Public Education (SEP), Donna Roginski from the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, and Luis Guillermo Morones from the Mexican Association of Universities and Higher Educational Institutions (ANUIES). In the month of May 2008, the Center organized with the U.S. Embassy in Mexico the session Effective and Creative Leadership for U.S. – Mexico Higher Education with the participation of Jose Carlos Gomez from the Mexican Research Center for Mathematics (CIMAT), Sylvia Ortega Salazar from the Mexican Pedagogic University (UPN), Stephen C. Dunnett from the State University of New York – Buffalo (UB), and Rally Crimmins Villela from State University of New York (SUNY) during the annual conference of the Association of International Educators (NAFSA).

During the academic year 2008-09, the Center organized the session Effective and Creative Leadership for Texas – Mexico Higher Education with the participation of Leticia Zamarripa from Tech of Monterrey (ITESM) and Robert Nelsen from Texas A&M University, Campus Corpus Christi, during the annual conference of the Association of International Educators (NAFSA) – Region III.

Under the auspices of the NAFSA – Region III, the Center organized the session A Solid Response for a World Health Emergency and International Education with the traditional collaboration of Tech of Monterrey (ITESM) in October 2009. In November 2009, the Center led the session International Education Leadership: the Mexican Leader as Intercultural Player with the collaboration of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) during the annual conference of the Mexican Association for International Education. In April 2010, the Center co-organized the session International Programs and Health and Safety Challenges in North America: Special Focus on the U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings for Mexico and the H1N1 Response in 2009 with the collaboration of the Mexican Association for International Education (AMPEI), Tech of Monterrey (ITESM), Loyola Marymount University, and U.S. Department of State during the annual conference of the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC).

During the 2010-11 academic year, the Center co-organized the workshop on International Education Leadership: the Mexican Leader as Intercultural Player in collaboration with the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) during the annual conference of the Mexican Association for International Education (AMPEI) in November 2010.

During the 2011-12 academic year, the Center participated in the session Study Abroad in Mexico: Opportunities and Challenges for International Educators in collaboration with the University of Oklahoma, the Institute for Study Abroad – Butler, Oklahoma State University, University of Tulsa, the University of Arkansas, and the Association of International Educators (NAFSA) – Region III in October 2011.

During the 2012-13 academic year, the Center participated in the session Exploring Global Leadership in International Education in collaboration with the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) and the Association of International Educators (NAFSA) – Region III in October 2012.