Mexico City

The mission of the Mexico City Global Center is to develop initiatives for sharing of ideas, collaborative research, student-faculty exchanges, and cultural understanding between Mexican educational and cultural institutions and the University of Notre Dame. The Center opened its doors in September 2016. 

Initial activities are focused on establishing and deepening relationships with top universities in Mexico: the National University (UNAM), the Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), the Universidad Iberoamericana (Ibero), the Politechnic University (IPN), and other prestigious private universities such as the Panamericana/IPADE University, LaSalle University, and Anahuac University. These early dialogues are exploring which areas of research are of potential interest between Mexican researchers and Notre Dame faculty.

Current initiatives of the Mexico City Global Center include:

  • The recently launched Mexico City Global Center Collaboration Grants, open to Notre Dame faculty and staff to partner with Mexican institutions 
  • Developing relationships with Mexican universities to explore faculty exchanges, research opportunities, and summer internships for Notre Dame undergraduate students.
  • Recruiting high school students for the iLED and iSPI summer programs on campus at Notre Dame
  • Working with Notre Dame alumni in Mexico to develop internships and service-learning opportunities for students

Please contact for more information.

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Christine Santoyo

Christine Santoyo is a native New Yorker who has lived and worked in Mexico City for 30 years.  She received her bachelor’s degree from Rosary College (now Dominican University) in River Forest, IL, and master’s in guidance and human development from the Iberoamericana University in Mexico City. 

As an education professional in Mexico City from 1979 to 1996, Santoyo worked as academic counselor at the American School Foundation, project manager at the Institute of International Education (IIE), and at LaSalle University as co-founder of the Center for Lasallian International Education (CIEL). 

In 1996, Santoyo moved to El Paso, Texas, where she worked as Loretto Academy’s middle and high school counselor for students and families. She returned to Mexico City in 2014 as assistant director of Notre Dame’s Mexico City Global Center.


Christine Santoyo
Mexico City Global Center

Tel: 52 55 3672 9212   •   Email