Miguel Reyes Contreras
Published October 22, 2018
SANTA FE — Recently, The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Universidad Intercultural del Estado de México (UIEM) of San Felipe del Progreso, State of Mexico, Republic of Mexico. Under the MOU, students from UIEM will be able to participate in semester long exchanges at IAIA while IAIA students will be able to study at UIEM. In addition, the agreement provides for semester-long faculty exchanges and other faculty collaborative projects. Since 2012, IAIA and UIEM have informally organized short-term visits and exchanges prior to the signing of this MOU. IAIA students have previously participated in the UIEM International Student Mobility Partnership on Cultural Diversity, which brings students from Malaysia, IAIA, and Canada together for 3 weeks in the summer; and UIEM faculty have visited IAIA for technical assistance for their arts program design.
The first faculty member to teach at IAIA as part of this exchange program is Miguel Reyes Contreras. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Language (Linguistics, Teaching and Translation); and an Masters Degree in Applied Linguistics from Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México (UAEM). He has also completed a Diploma course in Discourse Analysis. Although he doesn’t have a background in the arts, he’s been the interpreter for the IAIA students who have studied at UIEM over the past 3 years, and that led him to apply for this program.