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Former Mexican undersecretary of population to join UTSA demography faculty

Rene Zenteno

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(May 20, 2013) -- René M. Zenteno, the former undersecretary of population, migration and religious affairs in the Ministry of the Interior in Mexico, will join the UTSA College of Public Policy this fall to serve as a professor in the UTSA Department of Demography. His research and teaching interests include demography, inequality and social stratification.

>> Zenteno will be a panelist at the May 23 San Antonio Express-News Town Hall Meeting on immigration at UTSA. The event is co-sponsored by the UTSA Department of Demography.

Zenteno has published extensively in the areas of social and demographic change, international migration and social inequality with a focus on Mexico, U.S.-Mexico migration and Mexican immigration incorporation.

"Dr. Zenteno exemplifies the renowned faculty that UTSA is attracting to help establish it as a Tier One research institution," said Rogelio Saenz, dean of the UTSA College of Public Policy. "He is eager to help our college and UTSA establish research and training opportunities for our faculty and students throughout Mexico and Latin America."

Joachim Singelmann, chair and professor in the UTSA Department of Demography, added that as an internationally recognized scholar on Mexican immigration to the United States and on Mexican demography, Zenteno is a valuable addition to the demography department. His background in policy-making, Singelmann said, will bring a new insight into the way demography is applied at the federal level.

As the undersecretary of population, migration and religious affairs, Zenteno was responsible for Mexico's population, migration and refugee policy; he also oversaw the preservation of the Mexican secular state and the full expression of freedom of belief, worship and religious tolerance within the country from 2010 through 2012.

Zenteno was instrumental in writing, negotiating and enacting the 2011 Mexican immigration law. He also helped pass the Law on Refugees and Complementary Protection, drafted by the Mexican Refugee Commission with support from the United Nations high commissioner for refugees. These legal instruments provide basic rights to migrants and refugees in Mexico regardless of immigration status.

A renowned demographer, Zenteno joins UTSA from El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF -- the College of the Northern Border) in Tijuana, where he served as provost and professor in the Department of Population Studies. Before COLEF, Zenteno served as the executive director of the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego.

"I am excited about the possibilities of building an even stronger demography program at UTSA with a great policy orientation and influence," said Zenteno. "I believe that UTSA can become a flagship institution in the United States for the study of U.S.-Mexico relations and Mexican immigration by providing a rich intellectual environment to inform public policy debates on both sides of the border."

For the last 18 years, Zenteno has been an active member of Mexico's Sistema Nacional de Investigadores (National System of Researchers), a distinction awarded to only the best scholars in Mexico. He has received numerous honors and fellowships in the course of his career. He served as president of the Mexican Demographic Society and holds a membership in the National Academy of Science of Mexico

He has contributed to more than 20 books including "Poverty and Poverty Alleviation Strategies in North America," published by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and Harvard University Press in 2009.

His work has been featured in numerous journals such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, International Migration Review, the Journal of Development Economics, the Latin American Research Review, and the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

Zenteno received his bachelor's degree in communications from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education), his master's degree in demography from El Colegio de México (the College of Mexico) and his doctoral degree in sociology with an emphasis in demography from the University of Texas at Austin.

 

 

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Wednesday, May 4, 5 p.m.

School Psychology Symposium and Reception

Student posters will present case studies based on practicum experiences, literature reviews on topics relevant to educational psychology, and other research experiences this year. The event is free and open to the public.
Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus

Thursday, May 5, 5 p.m.

String Project Spring Concert

This end-of-semester concert will feature the 3rd through 8th grade students who have participated in the UTSA String Project this year. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Theater, Downtown Campus

Friday, May 6, 8 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy, Curtis Vaughan Observatory invites everyone to join them for their monthly stargazing event on top of the Flawn Science Building.
Curtis Vaughan Observatory, Main Campus

Sunday, May 8, 1 p.m.

Accordions Across Culture

May’s Free Second Sunday at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures features "Accordions Across Cultures," with performances of Mexican, German and Czech accordion music, a documentary screening and crafts for the kids.
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

Monday, May 9, 8 a.m.

The Honeynet Project Workshop

This three-day event will focus on the tools, tactics and motives involved in computer and network attacks. Attendees from around the world will take part in world-class hands-on trainings and technical discussions.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Thursday, May 12, 4 p.m.

Master of Public Administration Open House

Visit with faculty, alumni and students to discuss the benefits of and requirements for a Master Degree in Public Administration and/or the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration & Leadership.
Meeting Assembly Room (BVB 1.338), Downtown Campus

Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony One

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, the College of Education and Human Development and the College of Sciences.
Alamodome

Saturday, May 14, 4 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Two

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Business, the College of Public Policy and University College.
Alamodome

Sunday, May 15, 2 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Three

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Engineering and the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.
Alamodome

Wednesday, May 18, 3 p.m.

The Great Staff Appreciation Event

The UTSA community is invited to honor the roughly 2,600 UTSA staff members who contribute to the success of the university and its students.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Thursday, May 19, 6 p.m.

Superintendent Certification Program Information Session

Join UTSA faculty and staff, current students, and area central office administrators/program alumni to learn about this exciting accelerated and web-enhanced program leading to Texas Superintendent Certification. The event is free and open to the public.
BVB 1.322, Downtown Campus


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