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Mexican Consulate Official Visits with Proyecta 100MIL Students at UCM

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Nov. 17, 2016) – Students in the Proyecta 100MIL Strong program at the University of Central Missouri recently met with Lee Wong Medina, deputy consul of the Mexican consulate in Kansas City, during his recent visit to the UCM campus.

Proyecta 100MIL fall 2016
Members of the Proyecta 100MIL program recently joined UCM President Chuck Ambrose, left, in welcoming Lee Wong Medina, right, deputy consul of the Mexican consulate in Kansas City, to campus.

The reception for Medina was the culmination of a month-long visit to the UCM campus by a group of teachers and teachers in training from Mexico. The Mexican educators were participants a program that brings university and students from Mexico to the United States for an intensive English language and cultural experience. The students arrived at UCM Oct. 17, and returned to Mexico Nov. 12.

The Proyecta 100MIL program is a result of the U.S. Mexico Bilateral Forum initiated by President Barack Obama and Mexican president Enrique Pena to expand opportunities for educational and cultural exchanges. It complements President Obama’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative, which seeks to increase student mobility between the United States and the countries in the Western Hemisphere, including Mexico.

After addressing the visiting students in their native language of Spanish, Medina thanked UCM president Chuck Ambrose for providing the opportunity for their visit.

“We hope that the students in the program will go back to Mexico and relate the experiences they had here,” Medina said.

UCM President Chuck Ambrose welcomed Medina, and told the students that the campus was honored to host them.

“The world is changing, and your presence here today defines who we are as a people,” Ambrose said. “I hope we showed you the value of the worldly perspective that we aspire to provide to all of our students.”

Ambrose added that the cultural immersion experience provided during their month-long stay at UCM was an important element in the university’s future-focused educational experience, and that bringing down language barriers continues to be an important aspect of the future of the world.

“The growth in our Hispanic student populations has resulted in some of the most important growth of our cultural diversity,” he added.

The fall 2016 group was the third group to attend UCM for the month-long experience since fall semester 2014.

“This group in p particular left an impression our education degree students,” said Valerie Heming, director of the English Language Center at UCM. “The success of these visits have enhanced our program at the ELC, and really helped develop an appreciation among our students for the value of studying abroad.”