JAN 28, 2002
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu

Mexican educational officials visit

California State University, Bakersfield's School of Education is hosting dignitaries from Mexico on Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Four Points Hotel on California Avenue. The breakfast meeting in the Valley Room is in conjunction with the Mexican delegation's "interest in Proyecto Alianza, our binatationl teacher education project," said Sheryl Santos, dean of the School of Education.

Dignitaries include:

Lorenzo Gomez-Morin Fuentes, Mexico's assistant secretary of Public Education. Gomez-Morin Fuentes is in charge of all preschool, elementary education and teacher education at the national level for the Republic of Mexico. His grandfather founded the National Action Party (PAN), the one now in power. He was formerly the education secretary for the state of Baja California before assuming his federal role a year ago.

Roger Diaz de Cossio, advisor for Mexico's Secretary of Public Education, and vice president of the Foundacion Solidaridad Mexicano-Americana in Mexico City.

Graciela Orozco, executive director of the Fundacion Solidaridad Mexicano-Americana.

Santos said the group is interested in "our Mexican teacher project, Proyecto Alianza. This project ... has membership in a consortium of eight national and international universities. We focus on assisting U.S. resident or U.S. citizen Mexican-trained teachers obtain their credentials in the United States."

Santos said the quarterly meeting of the project is scheduled Feb. 7-8 in Bakersfield and will include representatives from Texas, California, Arizona and Mexico.

For more information, please call Santos at 661/664-2219.

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