¡Dinero! The Economics of Mexican Migration: May 9 with Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

To mark the 20th anniversary of the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies will explore in its 2014 Annual Conference, the impact of NAFTA on economics, trade, immigration, and financial issues in the Mexican community.

The conference, entitled ¡Dinero! The Economics of Mexican Migration, will feature a keynote address by Antonio Villaraigosa, 41st Mayor of Los Angeles, plus remarks by Ambassador Sandra Fuentes Beraín, Mexican Consul General. It will also welcome international, national, and New York City scholars and representatives of organizations from Mexico, Canada, and the United States, including from Universidad Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), University of Toronto, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and the City University of New York (The Graduate Center, Brooklyn College, Baruch College and Lehman College.

Friday, May 9, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
10:30 a.m.: Keynote address with Mr. Villaraigosa

Richard Harris Terrace
Borough of Manhattan Community College
199 Chambers St.
New York, NY 10007

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In addition to the keynote address, the conference will feature several discussions:

Transnational Labor, Post-NAFTA: Claudia Delgado Villegas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; Alejandra González Jiménez, University of Toronto; Rodolfo Hernández Corchado, CUNY, The Graduate Center; Discussant:  Carolina Bank Muñoz, CUNY, Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center

Immigrant Financial Empowerment and Barriers to Financial Inclusion: Deyanira Del Rio, New Economy Project, Immigrant Financial Justice Project; Katherine Glynn-Broderick, NYC Office of Financial Empowerment; Raúl Hinojosa-Ojeda, University of California at Los Angeles; Brendan McBride, Remás; Discussant:  Barbara Magnoni, EA Associates

The Cost of Being Undocumented: BMCC Dreamers Club; Laird W. Bergad, CUNY, Lehman College and The Graduate Center; Jasniya Sanchez, Qualitas of Life Foundation; Cesar Vargas, Dream Action Coalition; Panelist and Discussant:  Robert C. Smith, CUNY, Baruch College and The Graduate Center

Arts Presentation: Emily Williamson, CUNY, The Graduate Center: Mariachi Flor de Toloache

Ahuehuete Award/CUNY-IME Becas scholarship award ceremony

The CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies’ annual conference brings together academics, business leaders, community organizations, and other stakeholders for enlightening discussion of issues related to the Mexican community in New York City and the surrounding region. The conference is organized by the CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies and the Cross-Cultural Approaches to Latin@ Studies Faculty Interest Group at Borough of Manhattan Community College.

The CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies, based at Lehman College, is the culmination of nearly a decade of work by faculty, administrators, staff, and students to boost enrollment of Mexican and Mexican-American students, foster research with and about Mexico and Mexicans in the United States, and collaborate with community-based organizations to support and empower the Mexican immigrant community. With a special focus on Mexicans in the diaspora, especially Mexicans in New York, the Institute offers a space for the Mexican community to consider its own and an institutional location for support of scholarly and community advocacy projects. Fundamental to the Institute’s foundation and success will be its ability to further new projects with community and cultural organizations, to channel projects already underway and to build on existing efforts within and outside of CUNY.