Dr. Robert Martin (seated left) and members of his cabinet at the signing of the MOU, with Carlos Gordillo (seated center) and Stephen Wall (seated right)
Published October 22, 2017
SANTA FE – The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) announced that it has 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. The agreement has been under development for a number of years while details have been worked out. 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 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 in arts program design. However, this agreement will formalize the IAIA/UIEM relationship. It is anticipated that the first semester-long exchanges will begin next year.
The Memorandum of Understanding between IAIA and UIEM shall seek to strengthen, promote and develop cooperation through education and research based on the principles of equality and reciprocity.
IAIA and UIEM have agreed to carry out the following collaborative activities: participation of both parties to develop events; exchange of students, professors and researchers; creating courses; support and promotion of joint research activities; exchange of information on best practices; joint publication of books and journals; promotion and exchange of cultural activities; art exhibitions; organization of courses, workshops, seminars and other academic events; and joint access to databases and information related to collaborative work.
“The recently updated agreement between IAIA and UIEM will enrich the learning environments of both institutions by accelerating formal, semester-long, faculty and student exchanges. An international exchange program with another Indigenous university will strengthen the missions and programmatic offerings at both institutions,” IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee) commented:
“It was a great experience to visit an extraordinary institution that serves its indigenous communities through different academic programs. It was an honor to be present at the signing of the memorandum of collaboration between IAIA and UIEM. Both institutions will achieve the work to collectively revitalize, revalue, and strengthen the cultural manifestations of the Native Peoples of our countries,” Carlos Gordillo, Professor and Director of Intercultural Art and Design at UIEM noted: