Fireside Charla with SDSU President Adela de la Torre


November 10, 2020

#020 - Re:Border 2020 Conf: Our Border on the Move


Episode Summary:

I am proud to say that this is the premier annual collaborative event that explores key binational issues and innovative solutions. It brings together academic researchers, business leaders, policy makers, diplomats, educators, and students across the region. This year's theme is “Our Border on the Move: Reimagining Mobility and Migration in the Transborder Region.”

The virtual conference will be hosted by San Diego State University and El Colegio de la Frontera Norte—in partnership with Mexico’s Secretary of Education and dozens of leaders and organizations in the US and Mexico.

Approximate running time: 23:56
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This year's theme is “Our Border on the Move: Reimagining Mobility and Migration in the Transborder Region.”

Dr. Adela de la Torre

Dr. Adela de la Torre joined San Diego State University in June 2018, as the first woman and Latina president. She brings 30 years of service and leadership roles within institutions of higher education and shares these experiences with open arms. She has two daughters who are both married, a grandson, a husband, and three dogs! Adela discusses the challenges she faced in college, her mentors, her heart-led leadership style, and her vision to help all types of students at SDSU feel confident in their goals. 

Carlos González Gutiérrez

Ambassador Carlos González Gutiérrez is the Consul General of Mexico in San Diego, ratified by the Mexican Senate on April 2019. As a career diplomat since 1987, Ambassador González Gutiérrez has specialized in Mexican communities in the US, as all of his designations abroad have been in the US.

In Mexico, in the late 90’s, he worked in the Program for Mexican Communities Abroad at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and from 2003 to 2009, he was the founding Executive Director of the Institute of Mexicans Abroad, the agency in charge of promoting ties and collaboration between Mexico and its diaspora.

Overseas, he has been posted to four posts. Early in his career, he was the Consul for Community Affairs at the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles. Then, from 1999 to 2003 he was appointed as Counselor for Latino Affairs at the Mexican Embassy in Washington D.C.

Cristina Alfaro

Dr. Cristina Alfaro is the  Interim Associate Vice President for Global Affairs at San Diego State University. She is a professor in the College of Education’s Department of Dual Language and English Learner Education and also Provost Chair for Latinx and Transborder Affairs. Alfaro earned her doctorate degree in International Teacher Preparation for Multilingual Learners from SDSU and the Claremont Graduate University joint graduate program. She also received her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from SDSU in Policy Studies in Multilingual and Multicultural Education and Liberal Studies. Alfaro is the Chief Specialty Editor for the Frontiers in Education Journal, overseeing the area of Global Education: Language, Culture, and Ideology launching this fall. She has been awarded grants from the U.S. Department of Education and most recently from the California Department of Education to work in collaboration with the Secretaria de Educación Pública to develop and implement a binational-bilingual teacher education curriculum, which serves as a model for other California and Mexico institutions of higher education.

Maria Keckler

Maria Keckler is the Director of International Affairs Communications and the lead coordinator of the Re:Border Conference. Maria is pursuing a joint doctoral degree in education from Claremont Graduate University and San Diego State University. Her research interests include global education diplomacy, transborder relations, the role of storytelling in countering racism, and cultural humility. She's the author of Bridge Builders: How Superb Communicators Get What They Want In Business and In Life.