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Alianza UCMX

The University of California (UC) has a long history of strong partnerships and innovative collaborative efforts with Mexico. In 2019, Alianza UCMX was formed through the integration of three preexisting UC systemwide programs: the UC Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS), the UC-Mexico Initiative, and Casa de la Universidad de California en Mexico (Casa de California). UC Riverside serves as the host campus for Alianza UCMX.

Alianza UCMX fosters strategic alliances between the UC system and counterparts in Mexico – with universities, and with government, industry and communities on both sides of the border. We seek the development and diffusion of knowledge that addresses issues of mutual interest. We aim to educate and train the next generation of binational leaders. We want to be useful to decision-makers in both countries, translating our research, and expertise into improved public policies. We will serve as a model for binational collaboration – one that works in full and equal partnership between the University of California and Mexico.

  • Developing and sharing knowledge that addresses issues of mutual interest to Mexico and the United States.
  • Education and training of the next generation of binational leaders. 
  • Translating research and expertise into improved public policies for decision-makers in both countries.

About the Director

Isabel Studer

Isabel Studer has a unique career in government, academia and civil society. She was Director for Strategic Partnerships in Latin America and Executive Director for Mexico and Central America at The Nature Conservancy. Isabel founded the Global Institute for Sustainability and was Leader of Energy and Corporate Sustainability at EGADE Business School at Tecnológico de Monterrey. In the Mexican government, she held high-level positions at the Agency for International Cooperation for Development and the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and for Environment and Natural Resources. She was also Director of Research for the Commission for Labor Cooperation (CLC) in Washington, DC.

Senior Fellow at the Arsht Rockefeller Resilience Center of The Atlantic Council, she is currently President of the Board of the Mexican Climate Initiative and member of the Board of Directors of the World Environment Center (WEC), the Dow Chemical Company's Sustainability Experts’ Advisory Board (SEAC), and Chair of the Climate Committee in Mexico's Advisory Council on Water. 

A Fulbright and Ford Scholar, Isabel has been recognized with the Johns Hopkins University’s Distinguished Alumna Award in 2020 and twice by Forbes Magazine as one of the "100 Most Powerful Women in Mexico." She earned her PhD and a M.A. at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and a BA degree in international relations from El Colegio de México.