Thursday, March 2, 2023
  Community, Media Advisory

By News and Internal Communications

WHEN: Saturday, March 4, 2023

TIME: 5 – 7 p.m.

WHERE: UTRGV Edinburg Campus Ballroom

EDINBURG, TEXAS – The UTRGV Center for Mexican American Studies, FESTIBA, the UTRGV colleges of Liberal Arts and Fine Arts, in collaborating with the Mexican Consulate in McAllen, will host a panel and celebration to commemorate 200 years of diplomatic relationships between the United States and México.

The panel will take place 5 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at the UTRGV Edinburg Campus Ballroom, near the Student Union.

The list of panel of speakers from both countries includes:

  • Montserrat Garibay, acting assistant deputy secretary and director for the Office of English Language Acquisition, U.S. Department of Education.
  • Cónsul Adscrito Hugo René Oliva Romero, Mexican Consulate in McAllen.
  • Jacob Stevens, Political and Economic Affairs, U.S. Consulate in Matamoros, Mexico.
  • Erika Rendón Ramos, UTRGV assistant professor of Mexican American Studies.
  • José Antonio Segovia Montoya, Comisión Internacional de Límites y Aguas (CILA) (International Boundary and Water Commission) in Reynosa, Tamps., Mexico.

César L. de León, UTRGV lecturer I of Literatures and Cultural Studies, will present a poetry reading at the event. Welcome remarks will be by Dr. Walter Diaz, dean of the UTRGV College of Liberal Arts, and Lic.Froylán Yescas Cedillo, Consul Of Mexico, Consulado de México in  McAllen.

The celebration is free and open to the public. To sign up to attend, register here.

Patrons are invited to stay after the panel for FESTIBA’s Mariachi Festival Grand concert at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the concert can be purchased for $20 by calling 956-665-3881 or 956-882-8075.

For more information about the event, email


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.