A recent partnership between Texas A&M University-Commerce and a consulate office of the nation of Mexico provided much-needed assistance to more than 1,000 people over five days.
The partnership saw nine Mexican government officials set up shop in A&M-Commerce's Smith Residence Hall from June 7-11. The remote consulate office provided services to Mexican nationals living in the United States such as updating official documents, certifying copies, renewing passports and assisting with the U.S. Citizenship process.
As an added service, A&M-Commerce's Student Health Service provided a limited number of COVID-19 vaccines to attendees.
Dr. Fred Fuentes, executive director of the Office of Latinx Engagement & Outreach at A&M-Commerce, stated that the partnership was borne out of a great need in the community.
“In the Northeast Texas region, many longtime locals want to see the Latinx community empowered and thriving,” Fuentes said. “That's hard to do without proper documentation.”
Fuentes said that in total, more than 1,000 appointments were made over the five-day period that the remote consulate was housed at A&M-Commerce. In total, more than 3,000 people attended, including those making appointments as well as family and friends who traveled with them.
The event had a far-reaching impact, as people from all corners of Texas and parts of Oklahoma traveled to Commerce to utilize the services.
Fuentes stressed the importance of the services offered, as they help bring peace of mind and stability to many people.
“Our local community is so supportive because they understand that everyone is trying to work hard and have their own piece of the American dream,” Fuentes said. “This was a beautiful humanitarian service that was provided.”
He added that the response was extremely positive, both from attendees and consulate officials. There are plans to host another similar event on campus later this year.
For more information on the Mexican Consulate, visit their website.