Such An Honor to Host Mexican Ambassador to the U.S.

It was a tremendous honor to host the Mexican Ambassador to the United States, Esteban Moctezuma Barragán in June! We were able to share progress on our collective efforts with education partners to increase opportunities for Latino students in our state. Joining the Ambassador were his wife, Cecilia Barbara Morfín, and the Consulate General to Mexico in Raleigh, Claudia Velasco-Osorio.

It was clear we share a passion for global engagement and all the benefits of expanding our connections to Mexico through increased subnational diplomacy.

The Ambassador’s visit was an opportunity to highlight our 2022 Latino Initiative: Strengthening the Talent Pipeline, working to increase high school graduation, post-secondary enrollment and credentialing, as well as local job placement and retention within and beyond the Latino population. Several program participants joined us and shared updates on their respective work, including Lenoir Community College President Rusty Hunt and Wayne Community College Vice President Brandon Jenkins. Several statewide participants participated in the visit, including myFutureNC CEO Cecilia Holden, Participate Learning Director of Partnership Development Freebird McKinney, RTI International Executive Vice President Paul Weisenfeld, and Margaret Turlington with Anonymous Trust. Inspired by participating in our 2022 Latino Initiative program and all of the hard work of our education partners, Anonymous Trust awarded $1 million in funding for the “Train the East Initiative” – supporting the region’s work to fully engage with the Latino population