Mexican President visits CA, Awards Scholarship


Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto was joined by Governor Jerry Brown, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Mexican Consul General Carlos M. Sada, during his first visit to Los Angeles this week as part of his tour of California.

Hundreds of  Mexican and Mexican-American leaders were on hand to welcome President Peña Nieto. Among those in attendance were UCLA Professors Patricia Gándara from the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies and Raúl Hinojosa-Ojeda from the Cesar E. Chavez Center for Interdisciplinary Instruction in Chicana and Chicano Studies, and our Local & Community Relations staff.

Topics addressed on Monday included education, immigration reform, CA and Mexico Relations, and economic development. During the program, President Peña Nieto presented scholarships to several immigrant students attending California Universities. Among one of the recipients was Francisco López-Flores, a 4th year UCLA student who is majoring in Genetics and Chicano Studies. The President’s scholarship program is intended to support students and strengthen relations between the two nations after they become working professionals. Read more about Francisco’s journey in the UCLA Newsroom.

On Tuesday, Brown will host a luncheon in the president’s honor in Sacramento. President Peña Nieto will then address the Legislature at the state Capitol.

Photo: Olivia Davis / Daily Bruin

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