Journal of International and Global Studies


Globalization and NAFTA led to a greater economic and social integration between the U.S. and Mexico. This integration led to continued Mexican migration to the U.S. contributing to Hispanic growth in the U.S. with resulting shortages in bilingual professionals. Building from public anthropology, we developed exchange projects in education and health between the two countries to meet the needs of the Mexican population and foster greater understanding between the two societies. Notwithstanding current strained political relations between the two countries, we expect NAFTA to survive in a revised form continuing the economic and social interdependency for this region of North America. Thus, it is important to continue developing educational partnerships between the two societies, which may lead to a greater level of educational convergence. Similarly, this study provides an example of how anthropologists and others in academia can collaborate with government officials in the development of projects of benefit to the larger society.

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