2012 is a pivotal year for Mexico. The struggle to regain macroeconomic stability, the rise in drug-related violence and organized crime, the high levels of immigration, the ideological political warfare, and the increasing levels of unemployment and poverty, are some of the issues faced by the political, social and cultural structures of Mexican society. In many ways, these issues have expanded from a national to a regional- and, some may even say, global- sphere, making what goes on in Mexico a focal point for the rest of the hemisphere.
The issues on the table are tough and will weigh a great deal in the upcoming 2012 Mexican presidential elections. As Mexican students at the University of Chicago, we want to bring this conversation to campus, to create an academic space in order to debate, analyze, reflect and propose possible paths for the many issues confronting Mexico today. We believe that the MEXICO TOMORROW: 2012, IDEAS FOR THE FUTURE conference, to be held this upcoming April 21st,can serve this purpose.
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Mexicanos en UChicago
“Mexicanos en Uchicago” is a Recognized Student Organization that was created in autumn of 2009. Mexicanos en Uchicago seeks to promote Mexico’s presence on and off campus through a myriad of activities including conferences, cultural and social activities, networking events, alumni relations and the strengthening of inter-university relations.
The organization’s current projects include developing a Website, consolidating and formalizing alumni relations, creating a job market for Mexican and non-Mexican students, creating a student-run committee to help Mexican students in the application and admissions process to the university and hosting the conference “Mexico Tomorrow: 2012, Ideas for the Future.”