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El Sueño Mexicano: A Presentation by Paulo Carreño, Mexico's Undersecretary for North America

Please note that Her Excellency Claudia Ruiz Massieu is unable to attend this event. The Honorable Paulo Carreño, undersecretary for North America, will instead be the featured speaker. 

This event will serve as the official announcement of the U.S.-Mexico study abroad program El Sueño Mexicano, an educational immersion program aimed at providing Mexican-American students with the opportunity to explore their heritage through hands-on, experiential learning at designated sites across Mexico. Through a month-long curriculum, students will learn about Mexico from academics, experts and government officials and tackle real-life challenges by working with residents of rural communities.  

The goal of this program is to allow students and emerging leaders to gain a deeper understanding of Mexico as a whole, and the country’s current political and economic state in particular. Students are encouraged to bring their new ideas and perspectives to the project and collaborate on ways to draw local, national and international attention to the problems in the communities they will serve.

This event is sponsored by the Baker Institute Mexico Center.

Join the conversation online with #BakerMexico.





Featured Speaker 

The Honorable Paulo Carreño is the undersecretary for North America in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico. In this capacity, he coordinates the region’s 55 Mexican consulates and fosters the country’s presence while strengthening ties with the United States and Canada through trade, labor, investment and cultural exchanges.

From 2015 to 2016, Carreño served as the nation brand and international media coordinator for the president of Mexico. In this role, he managed this country’s brand abroad and worked with senior government officials, the private sector and civil society to encourage more foreign investment, add value to exports of Mexican goods and attract more tourists to the country.

Carreño has held several senior positions in Mexico’s financial sector, including eight years as the communications and institutional relations executive director of Grupo Financiero Banamex.

Carreño is a faculty member at the Institute of Public Administration and the Universidad Iberoamericana. He holds a master’s degree in public international law from Leiden University, a degree in English writing from Columbia University and a law degree from Universidad Iberoamericana. 



The Honorable Edward P. Djerejian
Director, Baker Institute


David W. Leebron
President, Rice University

Announcement of El Sueño Mexicano program

Nuvia Mayorga Delgado
Director General of the National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Communities (CDI)


The Honorable Paulo Carreño
Undersecretary for North America, Mexico

Video Presentations 

CDI social companies to be supported by the Sueño Mexicano program

Question-and-Answer session

Moderator: Tony Payan, Ph.D., Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and Director, Mexico Center



Mon, Dec. 19, 2016
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

Event has ended


James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston, Texas 77005

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