Jacob Prado, Consul General of Mexico in El Paso, on Thursday revealed the details of a gift to honor both The University of Texas at El Paso's Centennial in 2014 and the continued relationship between the people of Mexico and UTEP.
University President Diana Natalicio and the creator of the gift, well-known Mexican sculptor Sebastián, both spoke at the unveiling of the details.
Sebastián is best known for his large-scale sculptures, including his recent work, La Equis - a large red X located in Juárez that is visible in El Paso.
There are 1,125 students from Mexico enrolled this fall semester at UTEP. The University works collaboratively with the people of Mexico on several projects, including the Ventanilla de Salud health partnership to provide health-related resources to the Hispanic and Mexican communities in El Paso. In addition, the Mexican government's Institute for Mexicans Abroad scholarship program provides financial support for UTEP students from Mexico.