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Mayor Garcetti Attends CSUN/ UNAM Signing Ceremony During Trade Visit PDF Print E-mail
Written by Diana Martinez   
Thursday, 13 March 2014 03:23

Photo Courtesy Mayor Garcetti Office

CSUN President Diane Harrison and other CSUN officials flew to Mexico City last week to meet with UNAM Rector José
Narro Robles and signed the agreement formalizing the partnership between the two universities to create what has
been described as a Center for Mexico and Latin American Studies on the CSUN campus. Mayor Eric Garcetti and
Carlos Sada, Counsel General of Mexico in Los Angeles, attended the ceremony.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti conducted his first international trade mission to Mexico last week, meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to discuss Mexico and Los Angeles' economic and cultural ties. An aide to Garcetti said they also talked about increasing the number of cruises and flights between the two nations.

"We were able to bring back hundreds of new jobs simply by the contracts and the new restaurants and the new tourist routes we were able to open up,’' the aide said.

Garcetti said that's the kind of results he wants to see in his new role as the chair of the United States Conference of Mayors' and Americas Task Force.

During the trip, Garcetti attended a signing ceremony in Mexico City between CSUN, California State University, Northridge President Diane Harrison and UNAM, The Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Rector José Narro Robles.

UNAM, Mexico City

The move to sign an agreement formalized a new partnership between the two universities to create an L.A. center which will be housed on the CSUN campus and will focus on scholarship and research on Mexico and Latin America. In a CSUN news release Harrison called the agreement an “incredible opportunity for both institutions.”

Also in the CSUN news release, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who joined Harrison in Mexico City on March 3 for the signing of the agreement, hailed the partnership. “Los Angeles has rich cultural and economic ties with Mexico,

“This new center will help build relationships and pave the way for CSUN, UNAM and the city of Los Angeles to work collaboratively on projects that will benefit both regions," Garcetti said.

There has been concern expressed, however, by members of the CSUN faculty that information has not been transparent or fully shared, and an agreement was signed without all the terms disclosed.

All of the terms of the agreement have not yet been released, confirmed CSUN spokesperson Carmen Ramos Chandler, because they have yet to be worked out “including those who will serve on the center's advisory board.”

“There will be a Center Director, two faculty from the college Behavior and Social Behavior Sciences to do research on Mexico and Latin America, a member of the Chicano/a Studies Department, a member of the Central American Studies Department, [a member] of CSUN Director of Hispanic Serving Institutions program and two members from the community,” said Ramos Chandler. “These people haven't been appointed yet.”

“There will be faculty exchanges between the two universities,” she said, adding, “the terms of the agreement will be made available.”

Both CSUN and UNAM will cover operational expenses of the Center and co-sponsor cultural activities. According to a CSUN website, it “is also hoped that joint grant and research contracts will make the Center self-sustaining.”

Ramos Chandler said after a decade of the public university enduring cuts by the state, “the center will be an amazing opportunity for students and that's the bottom line.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 23:33