July 16, 2018

Challenges for Higher Education and Citizen Security

Seminar with Dr. Josefina Guzman A, Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas Mexico
Monday, July 16th | 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. | PCOH 2012

The United Nations Development Program (UNPD) defines Citizen Security as the process of establishing, strengthening and protecting democratic civic order, eliminating threats of violence in a population and allowing for safe and peaceful coexistence. Under this approach the prevention of crime and violence are the pillars for achieving community security. In the last decade, Mexico has been faced with a severe crisis of violence and the rate of crime are the highest in the modern history of the country. There is a persistent commitment that education is a means to remove young people from the arms of criminals, however the environment is a powerful influence on the perceptions of society and sometimes people perceive the criminal path as simpler, faster and more attractive than study and honest work. What is the role of Mexican universities in citizen security? Are universities doing too little or nothing? What are the pros and cons of the universities to get involved openly in these matters? These reflections are now being addressed in Mexican universities.

Dr. Josefina Guzman is a research Professor of the Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas UAT Mexico, teaching for the Master’s in Management and Educational Innovation and in the Doctoral Program of Educational Innovation, and coordinator of the University Program for Gender Equality. She holds a Phd in International Education by the Center of Excellence UAT, holds Master’s in Humanistic Studies by the Virtual University of the Tec de Monterrey, a Master’s in Higher Education by the Universidad Valle de Bravo and a graduate degree in Spanish Literature by the Tecnologico de Monterrey. Dr. Guzman is the co-author of Women and the University: Achievements and Challenges (2013); Violence and Women: Diagnosis of violence against women in Cd. Victoria Tamaulipas (2015) and Gender, University and Society (2016). She also publishes widely in Mexico and in international journals. In addition to her scholarly work, Dr. Guzman is a consultant for the State Institute of Women in Tamaulipas, a trainer specializing in the intersections of gender and violence, and a speaker in many conferences and forums all around the world. Dr. Guzman is a Member of the Executive Committee for Security and Justice in Tamaulipas.