On November 6, 2013 NMSU co-hosted the first bi-national Summit on Values and Culture of Lawfulness. This event was held in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua on November 5, and continued in Las Cruces, New Mexico on November 6.
The highlight of the event included a panel entitled “The role of universities as instruments of social and peace development in the Mexico-US border.” Held on the NMSU main campus in Las Cruces in the Union Auditorium of the Corbett Student Center, the participants were Jesús Enrique Seáñez Sáenz (Rector, Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua), Eduardo Duarte Jáquez (Rector, Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez), Joseph Shepard (President, Western New Mexico University) Daniel J. Howard (NMSU Executive Vice President and Provost), and Joseph Shepherd (President, Western New Mexico State Univesity).
This was the sixth summit of its kind, but the first one held on both sides of the border. The origin of the initiative goes back to 2011 when the Office of the Attorney General of the State of Chihuahua committed itself, along with other important institutions such as Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua, Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, Fundación del Empresariado Chihuahuense, A.C., the Secretary of Education of Chihuahua, private organizations and foundations, and the United States General Consulate in Juarez. The summits feature experts who can help the region promote values such as civic participation, community prevention of violence and crime, social cohesion, human rights, education, public oversight, and a culture of civil peace and lawfulness. Prominent experts from the United States, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and Italy have made important contributions to the summit in past years.
This summit’s theme, “Change without Borders”, aimed to promote the exchange of ideas to strengthen the rule of law in our border region and rebuild the social fabric threatened by years of violence and lawlessness.
The event was followed by a VIP luncheon hosted by the Office of International and Border Programs at the Stan Fulton Center.