CECD engages with UPAEP, K-State students
by David Procter
CECD is part of an exciting and expanding partnership with UPAEP (Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla) — a private university of nearly 8,000 students in Puebla, Mexico. As part of its effort to increase both engagement efforts and internationalize the campus, K-State is working on a variety of projects with UPAEP. CECD is a central part of this emerging partnership.
UPAEP's rector, Dr. Jose Alfredo Miranda Lopez is a key member of the K-State Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy’s advisory board. In October 2007, David Procter, along with Provost M. Duane Nellis, Dr. Ken Holland (former assoc. provost of International Programs), and Terrie McCants (director of K-State’s Conflict Resolution Program) traveled to Puebla to meet representatives from UPAEP. From that meeting, CECD has initiated a technology transfer project, a faculty exchange program, and explored hosting international forums on issues that are important to both countries.
In addition, Civic Leadership is sending four K-State students to Puebla, Mexico, as an international service team. The team consists of Tamara Andra, senior in secondary education, Jennifer Barnes, junior in public relations, Leah Killebrew, senior in journalism and Spanish, and Allison Voris, senior in electronic journalism. The students will be working with the community service office at the University of Puebla to define projects for the summer.
This is the second international service team in Puebla. In 2007, three students worked for a diabetes research project, a childcare center for working mothers, as well as facilitated computer classes for children and adults. One member even had the opportunity to write for a local periodical.