Behind the Scenes: Secretary Clinton's Digital Town Hall at TecMilenio University

Posted by Joshua M. Buxton
March 27, 2009
Secretary Clinton Poses With TecMilenio Student

Interactive Travel Map | Text the SecretaryAbout the Author: Joshua M. Buxton serves as a Vice Consul at the U.S. Consulate General in Monterrey, Mexico.

Upon her arrival to TecMilenio University, Secretary Clinton was welcomed by Lorenzo Zambrano, President of the Tec System Board of Trustees, Carlos Cruz, Vice-President of Tec System Innovation & Development, and Alejandro Cristerna, President of TecMilenio University. As they led her up the walkway into the university, the Secretary stopped to greet a few of the hundreds of excited students who came to see her visit. Once inside the building, the Secretary and the Governor of the State of Nuevo Leon, Natividad Gonzalez Paras, held a short meeting in the university library. Officials then led the Secretary to TecMilenio’s auditorium where a student introduced Secretary Clinton to a crowd of about 300 students and 70 journalists. An enthusiastic round of applause erupted.

Founded in 2002 and part of the prestigious Monterrey Institute of Technology system, TecMilenio has 39 different campuses in 21 Mexican states. TecMilenio’s mission is to give its students, most of them from middle or working class backgrounds, a thorough preparation in the modern requirements of today’s workforce. To achieve its mission, the university has developed a state-of-the-art education model, fully utilizing modern workplace technologies and on-line distance learning. Its success is demonstrated in that 80% of its students graduate with a job in hand.

The choice of this modern university as the site of Secretary Clinton’s visit became especially relevant as the Secretary delivered her remarks on using smart power and new technology to connect civil society and create green jobs. She discussed how young people play an essential role in shaping the future of their country and announced a regional summit of youth movements to address the problem of violence in society. Secretary Clinton also spoke about the connection Mexico and the United States share and how the two countries can work together to respond to mutual challenges, such as narcotrafficking and the current economic crisis.

Secretary Clinton then responded to questions from students in the auditorium and from students participating throughout Mexico via webcast. Questions were asked on various topics, from bilateral education programs to the contribution students can make to U.S.-Mexican relations. Another enthusiastic round of applause erupted as the Secretary made her closing remarks.



California, USA
March 28, 2009

Wendy in California writes:

Dear Vice Consul Buxton,

Terrific report. I'm particularly thrilled by the "regional summit of youth movements to address the problem of violence in society." I trust you'll report to Dipnote in detail on this excellent event.

I can't think of anything that State can invest in and/or promote that would be more fruitful than as many regional youth summits as possible all over the globe, presumably always with a contingent at each with language/international studies students from various colleges in the U.S. And on subjects that are about the ebullient constructive future as well as sober subjects like violence.

New Jersey, USA
March 30, 2009

Rosemary in New Jersey writes:

Thanks for this post, Jonathan. I was fortunate enough to be able to access the live stream of this town hall meeting, and I am so impressed with Hillary extending her hand to young people everywhere she goes! I do not remember a Secretary of State taking such an interest in the youth of the world.

Hillary, the young people clearly love you. This is a wonderful practice on your part. I also want to thank you for your visit to the Basilica of Guadalupe. It was so thoughtful of you do do that. I am certain that Mary is watching over you and smiling down on your every day.

Maryland, USA
March 30, 2009

Patrick in Maryland writes:

Hi, My special friends at the States Department and Netizen.

I liked the speech Hillary gave too the Students at the University Of TecMilenio. I thought her visit to this school really help the friendship that Mexico and the United States has for each other. The Students seemed happy to see Hillary , I hope President Obama's trip\Visit goes just as well. Mexico is a very Nice Country and i think they have a great future ahead of them. :)

Thanks for posting the link too "Flickr" i found some great Photos of Hillary's visit to Mexico.

April 24, 2009

Carl in Mexico writes:


I was There!!!

I saw Hillary Clinton n it was gr8!!

I'm a TecMilenio student

I was chosen 2 b there n we were so happy that she choose TecMilenio 2 give her conference

She was so nice to all of us

Come Back Hillary!!! We (L) U!!


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