Bienvenido and welcome to the IUPUI Goes to Mexico 2018 trip blog. This trip has a long and rich history reaching back to the very beginning of the schools that formed IUPUI campus. In fact, more than fifty years before IUPUI was officially established in 1969 (soon-to-be Happy Birthday, IUPUI), we welcomed our first graduate from Mexico, Josephia Amada Grima. Originally from Matamoros, Tamaulipas. Josephia completed her Graduate Nurse degree in 1917 and was among the very first class of five (!) to graduate nurses from what was then the IU Training School for Nurses in Indianapolis, at that time part of the School of Medicine. (Huge shout out to University Archives and IUPUI Special Collections!)
Josephia was not only IUPUI’s first graduate from Mexico, but Indiana University’s as well.
Today IUPUI has well over 500 alumni affiliated with Mexico, and one of our goals for this trip is to strengthen our connections with those alumni.
This visit also provides a remarkable opportunity for Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar to build on the partnerships that President Michael A. McRobbie helped to strengthen when he visited Mexico in 2016. Check out the press release about that 2016 trip.
Chancellor Paydar plans to reinforce and build on what President McRobbie achieved, especially in terms of strengthening connections with Mexican universities and research partners, but with a special focus on the health sciences, law, and engineering and technology. Meetings scheduled with the Secretaría de Salud de la CDMX (Ministry of Health for Mexico City) as well as the Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública (National Institute of Public Health) will provide opportunities in this regard as will visits with Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Universidad Intercontinental (UIC), and Tecnológico de Monterrey.
To accomplish these goals, the delegation includes representatives from the School of Nursing, the Fairbanks School of Public Health, the School of Dentistry, McKinney Law, and the School of Engineering and Technology, as well as a number of people from the Office of International Affairs, and the Chancellor’s Office.
It is a special privilege to be part of this delegation in Mexico at such a pivotal time for our campus, our university, the city of Indianapolis, and the state of Indiana. According to data gathered by the IU Public Policy Institute at IUPUI, Latinos are the fastest growing and youngest minority population in Indiana. More than 429,000 Latinos live in Indiana, including approximately 320,000 (76%) of Mexican origin. In Marion County alone, the Latino population has increased tenfold since 1990, now totaling 91,772 and making up 10% of the county population, an increase of 176% from the year 2000.
These increasing numbers translate into Latino purchasing power in Indiana that totaled more than $9 billion last year, according to data from the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute. The number of Latino-owned businesses in Indiana grew almost 150 percent over a 10-year period, from 5,482 in 2002 to 13,639 in 2012. The combined payrolls of those businesses, totaling nearly $1 billion, increased by 22% over the year, compared to a 3.5% increase for Indiana firms overall.
These are serious numbers that indicate the great strength of the Latino voice in American culture, American politics, and American higher education.
IUPUI has had the privilege of working closely with the Latino population of Indianapolis to help this community continue to prosper. Our campus is home to the largest number of Latino students in the Indiana University system with 140 students of Mexican origin currently enrolled. To encourage the increasing number of Latinos enrolled in public K-12 schools to attend college, IUPUI established the Mapping Education Towards Achievement Program (META), a pre-college conference that brings Latino high school students from across Indiana to IUPUI to meet with mentors, learn about the application process, and see themselves as our next generation of college graduates.
These efforts close to home—one among many—will be reflected and enhanced by partnerships we will be forging and building upon during our visits with university and other officials in Mexico City and Monterrey.
We are excited to be here, and I am pleased to share a day-by-day chronicle of the important work that the IUPUI delegation will be doing.
Tomorrow will be a great day with meetings at UNAM, UIC, and an IU Alumni Association dinner as the capstone event.
Thanks for being part of this adventure, and come back tomorrow for the latest photos, updates, and stories from the IUPUI team in Mexico.
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