The mission of the United States-Mexico
Cultural and Educational Foundation (USMCEF) is to
provide activities that promote an enhanced knowledge
and understanding of the educational and cultural
differences between the two countries in order to
establish closer and stronger ties.
The foundation, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization,
oversees educational and cultural exchange programs,
such as the Buen Vecino intern program and the Cultural
Effectiveness Center, designed to develop business
leaders of the future, infuse practical business
knowledge into the academic realm and foment
understanding between the neighboring countries.
On-going programs include annual events such as the
NAFTA Forum, a Congressional Border Conference, Good
Neighbor Award Dinner, and gala dinner in Mexico. Trade
missions are also ongoing activities. National
projects have been undertaken on a wide range of issues
such as Hispanic language and literacy workforce issues,
adequate housing, outreach to small businesses in the US
and Mexico along the SW border, environmental database
of Mexican laws and regulations, and most recently a
Hispanic manufacturing supply chain initiative.