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What we are working on now?

The following are the goals of the Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute:

  • Promote the creation of courses, majors, minors, and programs of study in campuses across the CUNY system.
  • Lehman College currently offers a minor in Mexican and Mexican-American Studies.
  • Promote enrollment, retention, and graduation of Mexican and Mexican-American students in CUNY.
  • An annual academic conference on cutting-edge research topics
  • Events and other programming: film series, lectures, workshops, and more on Mexican topics
  • Liaison, resource, and epicenter for the coming together of Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) for the promotion of cultural, educational, and social programming for the larger Mexican community and all of New York City; social services; immigration issues; civil, human, and labor rights issues.
  • Service-Learning: undergraduate and graduate students will be able to take advantage of a wealth of internships, research assistantships, and other service-learning opportunities with a select number of cultural, diplomatic, social, and economic institutions working with the Mexican population in New York City, including: Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders, Masa-MexEd, the Mexican Cultural Institute, the Mexican Consulate, El Museo del Barrio, Mixteca Organization, and Asociación Tepeyac de New York.
  • Creation of Carlos Fuentes Visiting Professorship
  • Development of endowment for scholarships for Mexican and Mexican-American students in conjunction with Becas
  • Establishment of exchange programs and visiting professorships with Mexican universities, including Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla
  • Distance learning: facilitation with academic departments in CUNY system of collaborative team teaching of online and hybrid courses involving Mexico- and U.S.-based scholars in institutions of higher education.
  • The Institute's first-year focus will be on Mexican indigenous languages: coordination with departments to offer formal indigenous-language instruction (Mixteco and Nahuatl), informal conversation hours, workshops for service providers, and conferences.

We need you!

Please email us at for more information and to join our efforts.

To donate to our scholarship fund, please contact or mail contributions to the CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies, c/o the Lehman College Foundation, Shuster Hall, Rm 318, 250 Bedford Park Blvd. West, Bronx NY 10468 (718-960-8766).