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Alberto Fierro, Cónsul de México, Visits Northfield
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Wed, 06/26/2013 - 5:15pm
Northfield had a visit from Alberto Fierro Garza, the new Consul of Mexico in St. Paul, on Monday, June 24. He has been in the St. Paul post for only a month and a half, and is eager to get to know people in his assigned region, which includes the Dakotas, Minnesota and northern Wisconsin. Mr. Fierro’s trip included a series of informal meetings to acquaint himself with the people and the resources available to the Mexican community in Northfield.
The meetings included professionals from the social services arena, including the Community Action Center, Rice County and Growing Up Healthy. From the realm of education came members of the school board, of TORCH (Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes), principals and vice-principals from the schools. Thethird and final discussion was an open community meeting at The Key.
Mr. Fierro spoke about the services offered by the Mexican Consulate, one of 50 in the United States. Among other services, the Consulate provides documents needed by Mexicans residing in the United States: birth records, school records, etc. It also offers support for Spanish GED programs and grants to community colleges educating Mexican residents. The Consulate also helps repatriate the remains of Mexicans who die in the U.S. but choose to be buried in Mexico.
Mr. Fierro was invited to Northfield by Cecilia Cornejo, who is a non-fiction filmmaker and a visiting professor at Saint Olaf and at Carleton, and a member of the Adult Board at the Northfield Union of Youth (The Key). Linda Burdell, a Spanish lecturer at Carleton and community volunteer, helped her organize the meetings.
If you would like to be in touch with Mr. Fierro, he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (651) 771-5494, ext. 13. A brief bio follows.
ALBERTO FIERRO GARZA
The current Consul of Mexico in Saint Paul, Minnesota, is a member of Mexico´s Diplomatic Corps since 1993. He served as Consul of Mexico in Orlando, Florida (2010-2013). At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs he has served as Director General for Educational and Cultural Cooperation (2007-2009); Deputy Director General for North America (2001-2003), and Director of Cultural Agreements (1992-1994). He has served as Deputy Cultural Attaché at the Mexican Embassy in Washington, U.S.A. (1994-1997), and as Cultural Attaché at the Mexican Embassy in Canada (1998-2001).
He was Director General for International Affairs at the National Council for Culture and the Arts of Mexico between 2004 and 2006. He also served as Deputy Director for Reading Promotion at said Council between 1983 and 1989.
Mr. Fierro taught social sciences at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, and served as Director of the Social Promotion Department at the same University. He has also taught social sciences at the UNAM-extension in Canada.
He has a BA in Sociology from Universidad Iberoamericana and a Master in Latin-American History from Georgetown University.
Related: The St. Paul Pioneer Press has an interview with Mr. Fierro here.
Story submitted by Linda Burdell