U.S.-Mexico Binational Dialogue on Regional Development

US-Mexico Binational Dialogue on Regional Development Webinar

Monday, December 5, 2022
Webinar at 2–5 p.m. ET

Join us for AASCU’s first binational convening, a virtual gathering of Mexican rectors and American presidents and chancellors.

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Sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the General Directorate of Technological and Polytechnic Universities (DGUTyP), the virtual U.S.-Mexico Binational Dialogue on Regional Development will bring together presidents, chancellors, and rectors of Mexican and American institutions to address shared challenges and opportunities for regional economic development.

In December 2022, the United States and Mexico will celebrate 200 years of diplomatic relations. U.S. relations with Mexico are strong and vital, and Mexico remains one of the United States’ closest and most valued partners. 

We invite AASCU and DGUTyP members to convene on Monday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. ET in the spirit of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement as we delve into discussions that will facilitate connections. This virtual event will feature briefings from officials representing both countries, expert presentations, and small-group discussions.

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About Our Partner

The General Directorate of Technological and Polytechnic Universities (DGUTyP) serves 184 universities across Mexico whose mission and vision contemplates the development of the professional workforce across all Mexican regions, focusing on crucial and strategic themes—such as health, global education, technology development, advanced manufacturing, automobile design and production, aeronautics and aerospace development, ocean resources, border development and security, food security, forests, mines, information technologies, advanced agriculture, free trade agreements, and more—while striving to develop and sustain strategic, win-win partnerships.


  • Introduce the two national higher education associations to one another and to their members
  • Promote connections among the member institutions of both associations to enhance continued collaboration and problem-solving
  • Initiate the ongoing exploration of select issues that are highly relevant to the missions of both Mexican and American higher education institutions
  • Establish the foundation for AASCU’s presidential mission to Mexico, scheduled for March 3–12, 2023  


The virtual gathering will focus on the topics of workforce development and regional higher education institutions as stewards of place, with speakers from both countries exploring each of the following thematic areas:

  • Higher education, technology, and workforce development and the roles and responsibilities of regional public institutions
  • Regional higher education institutions as stewards of place



José Carlos Arredondo Velázquez

José Carlos Arredondo Velázquez is the rector of the Universidad Tecnológica de Querétaro. Arrendondo is a civil engineer who received his undergraduate degree and a master’s degree in mathematics education from the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro. With a specialty in educational policy and management from the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) México, Arredondo has been an educator for more than 30 years and a coach of high-achieving students in mathematics for more than 17 years.

Since 2003, he has held several leadership positions, including general director of the Colegio Nacional de Educación Profesional Técnica (CONALEP) Querétaro and coordinator of technological education of the state of Querétaro. As director of state education, he has strengthened the organization of private educational institutions and normal schools in the state.

He was founding rector and one of the creators of the Universidad Politécnica de Querétaro. He has also served as president and executive secretary of the Comisión Estatal para la Planeación de la Educación Superior (COEPES) Querétaro. He has been secretary of education of the state of Querétaro, where he had the challenge of strategically facing the health crisis and the construction of an educational ecosystem for the development of the state.

Miguel Angel Celis Flores

Miguel Angel Celis Flores holds a doctorate in science from the Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica (INAOE), with a scientific and technological specialization in optoelectronics, photonics, fiber optics, telecommunications, innovation, and technology transfer. He has been rector of the Universidad Tecnológica de Puebla since 2020. Prior to this, he was rector of the Universidad Tecnológica de Tehuacán from 2019–2020.

Celis has been working for 15 years as a full-time research professor at the Universidad Tecnológica de Puebla, where he also served as deputy director of dissemination and university dissemination from 2003–2004. From 2001–2003, he served as chief academic officer of postgraduate studies at the Universidad Cristóbal Colón. In addition, he was a founder and academic secretary of the Universidad Politécnica de Querétaro from 2004–2014. He has also worked for 20 years as a subject professor in public and private universities, with a recognition and appreciation for their quality, and for 15 years as an instructor and consultant for the subsystem of polytechnic universities and higher education institutions.

Luciano Concheiro Bórquez

Luciano Concheiro Bórquez holds a doctorate in rural development from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM) Unidad Xochimilco and is a postdoctoral candidate in political science with the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He holds a master’s degree in social sciences from the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) and a degree in economics from UNAM. In addition, he specialized in political economy and agricultural economics at the Gramsci Institute in Rome.

He is distinguished professor at UAM and has been a professor and researcher with UAM Unidad Xochimilco for 40 years. He has taught courses and conferences at multiple universities in the country and abroad, mainly in Latin America. He has supervised more than 100 theses and has been advisor to more than ten postdoctorates. He has published more than 250 articles in various magazines and books and participated on multiple editorial committees.

He participated in the student movement of 1968, was a survivor of the Tlatelolco massacre, and was a student leader of the 1971 movement at UNAM’s National School of Economics. He participated in the land seizures and agrarian struggles of the 1970s. Since then, he has accompanied various social movements in Mexico and Latin America.

Kristin G. Esterberg

Kristin G. Esterberg is the University of Washington Bothell's fourth chancellor. Prior to joining the university on Oct. 1, 2021, Esterberg was president of the State University of New York (SUNY) at Potsdam, where she demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and focused her leadership efforts on developing inclusive campus communities. She also worked to provide transformational experiences to all students, including faculty-led research, service learning, internships, and study abroad opportunities. Among her accomplishments is the successful completion of a $33.5 million fundraising campaign and securing the largest gift in campus history—$5.25 million—in support of applied learning.

Prior to her term as SUNY Potsdam president, which began in 2014, Esterberg served as provost and academic vice president at Salem State University (MA) and deputy provost at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Her research has centered on gender and sexuality, social identities, research methodology, and social organization and change.

Esterberg earned her master’s degree and doctorate in sociology from Cornell University (NY) and received her bachelor’s degree in philosophy and political science from Boston University (MA).

Daniel A. Wubah

Daniel A. Wubah is the 15th president of Millersville University (PA). Prior to that, he was the provost at Washington and Lee University (VA). He’s also held positions at Virginia Tech, the University of Florida, James Madison University (VA), and Towson University (MD).

Wubah is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the African Scientific Institute. He was a member of a National Academy of Sciences panel that studied the scientific basis for estimating air emission from animal feeding operations and was a trustee of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges for two three-year terms. He is chair of AASCU’s International Education Committee and a member of the Millennium Leadership Initiative Executive Steering Committee. He also holds leadership positions within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. He was recently recognized as one of the Central Penn Business Journal’s Power 100.

Wubah earned his B.Sc. with honors in botany and a diploma in education from the University of Cape Coast. He received his M.S. in biology from the University of Akron (OH) and Ph.D. in botany from the University of Georgia.

Additional speakers will be announced soon.



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