Talladega College President Dr. Billy C. Hawkins attended the first “Higher Education Summit” between the United States and Mexico on Thursday, March 30.
During the summit, the U.S. delegation of 23 independent colleges and universities met with their Mexican counterparts, according to a press release from the college.
Hawkins was one of three African Americans representing the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) community.
The meeting, which was organized by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the Mexican Federation of Private Higher Education Institutions (FIMPES), focused on the importance of international exchange in today’s “America First” political climate.
“Summit participants hope to provide more internships between the two countries, which would allow faculty and students to collaborate in shared research projects,” the press release reads.
Hawkins, along with other college presidents and their Mexican colleagues, were able to meet with campus leaders of the following higher learning institutions: Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Universidad Panamericana, and Universidad del Valle de Atemajac.
During these meetings, the U.S. delegation and their Mexican colleagues discussed student and faculty exchange programs, articulation agreements, global leadership, visa issues and undocumented students.
Mexican government officials who were present, included: Pablo Lemus, mayor of Zapopan; Tanya C. Anderson, U.S. consul general in Guadalajara; Jaime Reyes, secretary of innovation, science and technology, state of Jalisco, Mexico; and also a representative from the Mexican Foreign Ministry.