August-November 2023

New and Noteworthy

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Research & Innovation

New Cooperation Agreement Signed During Tijuana Visit

On October 17, UC Riverside Chancellor Kim Wilcox and the Alianza MX team led a UC delegation visit to the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC) campus in Tijuana to sign a new cooperation agreement between the UC and UABC. The agreement will expand opportunities for research collaboration and academic mobility between the two institutions, building on a long-standing history of engagement through historic programs such as UC MEXUS. As part of the visit, UC faculty shared information on research capabilities and several strategic research projects (supported by Alianza MX) that focus on key issues in the cross-border Cali-Baja region, including bio-regional climate planning and the transition to zero emissions technology in medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. UC and UABC also launched a joint fund and call for collaborative research proposals in the areas of artificial intelligence, migration, and public health. See here for more information on the call for proposals, which remains open through December 8th.

White Paper and Workshop on Water Resources

UC Merced Professor Josué Medellín led a a two-day workshop at Casa de California on October 19 and 20 as part of his strategic research project (supported by Alianza MX) on Water Management to Increase Climate-Extreme Resilience in Mexico and the United States. Project researchers presented a white paper on water management strategies as well as a series of case studies prepared by collaborators from UC Merced; UC Davis; Chapingo Autonomous University; Michoacan University of Saint Nicholas of Hidalgo  (UMSNH); Tecnológico de Monterrey; University of the Americas Puebla (UDLAP); and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Additional participants in the workshop included experts from Mexico’s National Water Council (CONAGUA); the Mexican Water Technology Institute (IMTA); the World Resources Institute (WRI); and the California Department of Water Resources.

Summer School on the Economics of Migration

From September 11 to 14, Casa de California hosted the second edition of the Summer School on the Economics of Migration, led by UC Davis Professor and Director of the Global Migration Center Giovanni Peri, who is leading a strategic research project supported by Alianza MX. The Summer School included research presentations by nearly two dozen students from universities in the US, Mexico, and Europe, as well as lectures by migration experts at UC Davis, UC Merced, and UC San Diego. The program concluded with a panel discussion on “Migration and the Mexican Economy” that included experts from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM), College of Mexico (Colmex), multinational bank BBVA, and Mexico’s Central Bank. See here for more information.

New Strategic Research and Latino Studies Projects

Alianza MX is pleased to announce support for two new Strategic Research Projects, which use action research to engage non-academic audiences through multi-campus collaboration. One project, “Perceptions on Mexican Democratic Institutions: A Survey of Experts and Citizens” will be led by the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS) and Center for US-Mexico Studies (USMEX) and will expand on previous public opinion research supported by UC MEXUS to collect additional data at the subnational level, studying how distinct levels of development or violence may affect democratic engagement or support for military intervention. The second project is a “UC-Mexico Farm Labor Research Cluster,” led by the UC Berkeley Food Institute and College of Natural Resources, which will seek to understand how environmental drivers impact US and Mexican farmworkers, food distributors, and agricultural-technological innovators through workshops in both countries.

Meanwhile, Alianza MX is also pleased to support a new Latino Studies Project on “Breaking Barriers: Gender and the Mexican Revolution,” led by the UCSB History Department. This project brings together academic collaborators from across the US and Mexico to consider the transformative impact of the Mexican Revolution on women and gender, including subsequent struggles for suffrage and civil rights in the United States. The project held its first research colloquium at Casa de California on November 21-22 (see above) that included participants from UC Santa Barbara; UC Irvine; UC Los Angeles; California State University, Channel Islands; Texas A&M University; University of Texas at El Paso; UNAM; College of Mexico (Colmex); Center for Anthropological Research (CIESAS); Casasola Foundation; and Mora Institute.

See here for more information on the new Strategic Research Projects and here for more information on the new Latino Studies Project.

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Academic Exchange & Continuing Education

2023 Seed Funding Mobility Programs to Mexico

In the fall, Alianza MX hosted two student mobility projects at Casa de California in Mexico City that had received funding awards during the 2023 Seed Funding Call for Mobilities to Mexico.

Mexico Development Lab (UC Berkeley) 

In early November, The Mexico Development Lab, composed of 18 master´s degree students from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, held several conferences and interactive panels to connect students with key Mexican key decision-makers in mobility and transportation, urban development, clean energy, and digital transformation for development. Distinguished participants included Itzá Castañeda, Equity Director for the World Resources Institute (WRI-México) and Paticia Tatto, Vice President Americas at ATA Renewables.

Research Institute on African-Descended People in Mexico (UC Merced)

Also in November, a group of 16 undergraduate students from UC Merced, led by Dr. Sabrina Smith, participated in a workshop on the Black experience in Latin America that included discussions about slavery, freedom, race, culture, power, colorism, human rights, and migration. Throughout the workshop, the students had the opportunity to collaborate with Afro-Mexican filmmaker and activist, André Lo Sánchez, who helped them identify parallels in structural racism in Mexico and the United States.

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Strategic Initiatives

 Second Mexico-U.S. Binational Forum on the Transition to Medium- and Heavy-Duty Zero-Emission Vehicles (MHD ZEV)

On November 16, Alianza MX and the Mexican Association of Truck and Bus Manufacturers (ANPACT) co-organized the Second Mexico-U.S. Binational Forum on the Transition to Medium- and Heavy-Duty Zero-Emission Vehicles (MHD ZEV) at Expo Transporte in Guadalajara. The Forum included two panel discussions: one panel with industry experts who discussed the key challenges and opportunities of the transition and a second panel with academic experts leading research on the topic.

The first panel included representatives of ANPACT as well as the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mexican National Private Transportation Association (ANTP), North American Development Bank (NADBank), and U.S. Department of Transportation. Panelists discussed the importance of coordination among government, industry, academia, and NGOs to better understand cross-border logistics demand and make key investments in zero-emissions infrastructure.

The second panel included a presentation by Arun Raju of UC Riverside on a new strategic research project supported by Alianza MX on "Border Infrastructure Analysis for Zero-Emissions Vehicles in the Medium- and Heavy-Duty Sector" and discussed the need for a deeper understanding of cross-border goods movement. Ernesto Lugo of the National Technological Institute (TecNM) in Celaya also discussed the role of workforce development in the zero-emissions transition.

In addition to providing seed funding for this research project, AlianzaMX is also co-chairing the Truck Regulation Implementation Group on Border Communities convened by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). In this role, AlianzaMX will facilitate UC researchers’ engagement with a broad range of stakeholders in California and Baja California as CARB moves forward with implementation of its Advanced Clean Fleet regulations.

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Climate Ambassadors

Webinar Series

 The Alianza MX Climate Ambassadors Live Webinar Series concluded with two final events moderated by student leaders and including discussions among expert panelists: one on Nature Based Solutions and another on Climate Justice, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

Closing Ceremony

We celebrated the Closing Ceremony for our 2023 inaugural cohort of Climate Ambassadors on October 3, with UCSD Professor Fonna Forman serving as the keynote speaker for the 15 graduating students.

2024 Cohort Recruitment

Recruitment for the new cohort of Climate Ambassadors recently closed in late November and inauguration of the new cohort will be announced in January 2024.

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At Casa de California

September 7: Binational Workshop on Climate Smart Agriculture

Casa de California hosted a workshop on adaptation to climate change in the agri-food sector to promote cooperation and information exchange between academic and research institutions and government agencies in Mexico and California. Participants included representatives of the Mexican Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the California Department of Food and Agriculture. See here for more information.

October 4-6: UC Chicanx Latinx Alumni Summit

The UC Chicanx Latinx Alumni Association hosted its third annual summit in Mexico City, connecting alumni from all 10 UC campuses and updating participants on the latest alumni and UC system-wide developments in areas such as binational entrepreneurship, climate change, health, equity, and alumni engagement. The event also had a special significance as it marked the 20th anniversary of Casa de la Universidad de California in Mexico City 

October 5: California Law LL.M. Consortium - Life & Law in California.

For the second consecutive year, the California Law LL.M. Consortium held its informative presentation at Casa de California to promote the LL.M. experience by studying in California. Participating institutions included UC Berkeley Law School, UC Irvine Law School, UCLA Law School, UC College of the Law San Francisco, USC Gould School of Law, and LMU Loyola Law School.

October 31: Mexico City Delegation of California State Assembly Members 

A California legislative delegation, including two senators and six assembly members as well as legislative staff and notable stakeholders, visited Casa de California during a week-long trip to Mexico City. The delegation included Asm. Blanca Rubio (Delegation´s lead), Asm. David Alvarez, Asm. Blanca Pacheco, Asm. Cottie Petrie-Norris, Asm. Carlos Villapudua, Sen. Maria Alvarado-Gil, Sen. Anna Caballero, and Asm. Esmeralda Soria. The purpose of the visit was to engage in conversation around the pivotal and influential role played by U.S. Latino leaders within the California-Mexico relationship.

 November 10-11: Building Cross-Border Labor Solidarity: A Binational Labor Response to Shifting Political Terrain.  

The UCLA Labor Center led a delegation of California labor leaders to participate in a binational convening with counterparts in Mexico to promote worker and union solidarity and labor justice in the context of the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Free Trade Agreement (USMCA). Participants included representatives of the AFL-CIO Solidarity Center and three new university labor centers in Mexico. See here for more information.
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