The Global Professional Training: Mexico is a two-day conference for UT students to participate in specialized dialogues about Mexico, develop intercultural communication skills, and create a peer-to-peer network while exploring Mexico-related careers, courses and programs at UT. By participating in GPT, you will expand your network to include more globally minded students and industry professionals while also increasing your expertise and knowledge of a critical world region.
Both domestic and international students are invited to the conference and special consideration will be given to developing the connections between Mexican international students and U.S. students interested in the region.
- Explore Mexico-related courses and programs
- Participate in specialized dialogues
- Enhance intercultural communication skills
- Network with globally minded students
International students will find ample opportunity to get more connected with domestic students and to promote their home cultures. After completing the two-day training, you will be presented with an official certificate documenting your acquisition of cross-cultural professional skills and knowledge of the region. Additionally, if you plan to specialize your studies or develop post-graduation plans focused on Mexico, GPT is a great way to get connected to the people, organizations and programs that will help you succeed.
2018 Conference Details
Date: Saturday, March 3 - Sunday, March 4
Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (tentative)
Location: San Jacinto Residence Hall - Multi-Purpose Room
309 E. 21st St., Austin, TX, 78712 (UT Campus)
Registration for the spring 2018 GPT Mexico conference is free for all student participants. This includes meals, conference materials and swag. However, students who register for the conference and are absent without providing sufficient justification and prior notice will be charged a fee of $50 via their What I Owe page
Registration closes on Friday, February 16 at 5pm.
Who can participate?
We invite any undergraduate or graduate student with an interest in Mexico to join the GPT community. International students from Mexico are also highly encouraged to participate. We are seeking individuals who wish to gain a better cross-cultural understanding of people, traditions, and professional norms outside their own.
Cost of attendance
Thanks to generous funding from the International Office and outside donors, there is no fee to attend this two-day conference. Students will be provided meals, snacks, coffee, conference materials and swag free of charge. However, students who register for the conference and are absent without providing sufficient justification and prior notice will be charged a fee of $50 via their What I Owe page. See our FAQ for more details.
Scholarly advising provided by the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS).
"I was able to network with people that I can actually anticipate working with in my future career." -Clarissa Garcia, Textile and Apparel Junior
"The whole feeling and environment was extremely positive. It made me feel proud of my culture and heritage." -Axel Romano, Natural Science Senior
"By attending this conference, I made personal connections with like-minded global citizens and learned more about how to go about pursuing career goals." -Kristen Schmorleitz, International Relations and Global Studies Senior
The 2018 Conference Agenda is not confirmed and is subject to change.
Day 1 - Exploring Mexican Region & Culture
- Welcome & Icebreakers
- Plenary: Introduction to Mexican Culture
- Keynote Speaker: Dr. Adriana Pacheco Roldán, Member, International Board of Advisors, The University of Texas at Austin
- Plenary: Current Conversations in Mexico: Cónsul General Carlos González Gutiérrez
- Plenary: Dr. Ricardo Ainslie, Director, Mexico Center, LLILAS
- Plenary: Exploring the Regions of Mexico
- Breakout: Cultural Experience Exchange by Region
- Active Cultural Session: Salsa Dancing
Day 2 - Networking & Professional Development
- Plenary: Cultural Analysis in a Professional Context
- Plenary: DACA Roundtable
- Breakout: Studying and Working in Mexico
- Networking in Mexico and the U.S.
- Informal Networking Hour
- Cultural performance
Last Year's Presenters and Panelists from:
- Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS)
- Asociación de Empresarios Mexicanos
- Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- IC² Institute
- Fulbright Program
- U.S. Foreign Service
- UT San Antonio
- UT Rio Grande Valley
- Austin Area Translators & Interpreters Association
- Moody College of Communication
- Webber Energy Group
- Blanton Museum of Art
- UT International Office & more!
- What is Global Professional Training (GPT)?
- Global Professional Training (GPT) is a two-day, on-campus international conference that prepares UT students for international working and living environments and equips them with an international network for their future professional pursuits. The program was founded in 2010, when the UT International Office hosted its first GPT conference focused on the Middle East region. Since then, the program has expanded to include a fall conference focused on East and Southeast Asia and a spring conference focused on Mexico. GPT sessions during the conference include: plenary sessions focused on regional topics and cross-cultural communication skill building, breakout sessions on living & working abroad, a networking event with representatives from Central Texas firms working in the region, and cultural performances.
- What is GPT Mexico?
- Established in 2017, GPT Mexico is a two-day conference focused on developing students' cross-cultural professional skills, building a globally minded student network, and celebrating Mexico's society and culture. This on-campus, international experience is designed for students interested in pursuing international careers, especially in Mexico. We offer workshops for both graduates and undergraduates on intercultural communication, breakout sessions on Mexico-related topics and programs, an informal networking hour with industry representatives, Mexican cultural performances and ample opportunity to connect with other globally minded students. The conference is free for students from any course of study to attend and both domestic and international students are invited to attend.
- Who is the conference for?
- All UT students, both undergraduate and graduate, are invited to register for this free conference. We especially welcome international students, who bring a wealth of cultural knowledge and experience to our conference.
- Why should I attend?
- By participating in GPT, you will expand your network to include more globally minded students and industry professionals while also increasing your expertise and knowledge of a critical world region. International students will find ample opportunity to get more connected with domestic students and to promote their home cultures. In addition to providing an opportunity to immerse yourself in an international context without leaving campus, GPT Mexico promotes valuable professional skill building and is an academic experience to include on your resume. After completing the two-day training, you will be presented with an official certificate documenting your acquisition of cross-cultural professional skills and knowledge of the region. Additionally, if you plan to specialize your studies or develop post-graduation plans focused on Mexico, GPT is a great way to get connected to the people, organizations and programs that will help you succeed.
- Where is the conference?
- The conference will be held in the collection of Multi-Purpose Rooms located on the ground floor of the San Jacinto Residence Hall (SJH) on the UT Campus. The address for the San Jacinto Residence Hall is 309 E 21st St, Austin, TX 78712.
- How much does it cost?
- Thanks to generous donations from private donors and funding from the International Office, the Global Professional Training is free for all student participants. However, students who register for the workshop and are absent without providing sufficient justification and prior notice will be charged a no-show fee of $50 via their What I Owe page. This determination will be made at the discretion of program staff. If you are unable to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- How should I dress?
- We encourage students to dress in business casual attire for both days of the event. This means polished and presentable clothing, such as slacks, skirts or dresses paired with dress shirts, blouses or cardigans. Full business attire (i.e. coats, ties, heels) is not necessary. Additionally, we plan to include at least one semi-active cultural experience in the conference so we do not recommend wearing shoes that are difficult to stand or walk in.
- What if I cannot attend one or both of the conference days?
- Attendance at both full days of the conference is required to receive the certificate of completion for the workshop, and is recommended so that students maximize the benefit of this experience. If you need to cancel your registration for any reason, please contact email@example.com as soon as possible to prevent having a $50 no-show fee from being added to your What I Owe. Barring family emergency or illness, all cancellation requests must be received three business days prior to the event. Only students who do not attend AND who do not notify us of their cancelled registration will be charged.
- Will meals be provided?
- Yes, we will provide a light breakfast and full lunch for both conference days. There will also be refreshments available during at least one of the break times each day.
- Who plans GPT?
- The GPT conferences are organized by the Customized and Intercultural Programs and Special Projects teams in the UT International Office and is supported by academic departments across campus including the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) and the LLILAS Mexico Center. If you have any questions or concerns, or if you would like to contract us to implement a similar program, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org