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About the Institute of the Americas

The Liza and Jack Lewis III Institute of the Americas was established to promote better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Mexico, Canada, Central and South America through cooperative study, research, service and dialogue. The Institute is designed to serve as a central resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, bringing people together to exchange views, build expertise, expand business opportunities and develop policy options.

Current Initiatives

Health care, education, international relations, entrepreneurship and mutual understanding are at the core of efforts currently underway through the Liza and Jack Lewis III Institute of the Americas.

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Mental Healthcare Development

IOA has partnered with the Alliance for Community Wellness (ABC), whose overall goal is to train students in the U.S. and Mexico in culturally-sensitive mental health promotion through participatory action research, study-abroad experiences, and sustainable education. ABC’s goal is consistent with UIW’s Mission to “support each other in the search for and communication of truth, thoughtful innovation, care of the environment, community service, and social justice”.

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Binational Education

The Liza and Jack Lewis III Institute of the Americas is currently offering binational courses through the University of the Incarnate Word. This collaboration between the UIW campuses in Mexico (Campus Bajío in Irapuato and Centro Universitario Incarnate Word in Mexico City) and UIW San Antonio offers students the opportunity to interact with each other and simultaneously work together on projects benefitting both countries.

Institute Partners

The Lisa and Jack Lewis III Institute of the Americas is proud to partner with organizations dedicated to the common good throughout the Americas.

Past Initiatives

Event Poster for  "La Conquista de Mexico" (The Conquest of Mexico) from September, 2020
UNAM Speaker Series

This first-of-its-kind conference series was developed between Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) San Antonio and the Liza and Jack Lewis III Institute of the Americas. Focusing on topics related to Mexico and its rich history, the inaugural speaker series presentations were shared virtually and reached viewers from many countries around the world.

The first lecture in the Spanish-language series was "La Conquista de Mexico" (The Conquest of Mexico) by noted Mexican archeologist Eduardo Matos Moctezuma, who directed excavations of the Aztec pyramid, Templo Mayor, which would be one of the most significant archeological endeavors in the world. The second installment "Tres Perspectivas del Estudio de la Conquista" (Three Perspectives on the Study of the Conquest) was presented by author and expert in colonial Mexico, Rodrigo Martinez Baracs from the National Institute of Anthropology and History. The series concluded with the presentation of "El Tratado Guadalupe Hidalgo y Los Mexicanos que se Quedaron en el Otro Lado" (The Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo and the Mexicans who stayed on the Other Side) by Erika Pani, author and expert in 19th century political history of Mexico.

The Institute of the Americas was proud to partner with UNAM San Antonio, a U.S.-based arm of the historic Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico that has served as a pilar of education and free-thinking since its establishment in 1551. Together the international institutions presented promoted greater understanding of Mexico's culture through engaging lectures and dialogue, in furtherance of their missions.

In-Development and Upcoming Initiatives

The Presidential Speaker Series offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to hear directly from former presidents of countries throughout the Americas. The Presidential Speaker Series will focus on topics of common interest and will include a symposium and a dedicated publication.

The Institute of the Americas will print the English-language edition of "The Migratory Phenomenon in Guanajuato: Diagnosis and Public Policy Proposals," which focuses on research on public policy proposals created in collaboration by the Ministry of Migrant and International Affairs of the State of Guanajuato, universities in Mexico (CIDE, UdGTO, and COLMEX) and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, a German political foundation. This publication promotes awareness and possible solutions to the migratory phenomenon in Guanajuato.

This collaboration between the Liza and Jack Lewis III Institute of the Americas, UIW Center for Medical Tourism Research (CMTR) and Centro Fox in Mexico will offer seminars and certificate programs in medical tourism and health with an emphasis on the issues surrounding the mobility of people between countries for medical reasons, such as research, standards, procedures and needs.

The goal of the International Center for Migrants (ICM) is to bring forward practical and realistic solutions to an international crisis and create opportunities for the region. The ICM will provide comprehensive care for people wanting to reach the United States, serving as a humanitarian instrument in containing, ordering, channeling, and offering alternatives to the migrant population, as well as collecting data and preventing further risks. The program would help migrants develop vocational and technical skills that will enable them to find jobs in Mexico. It will also help develop policies in both countries to in order to mitigate this crisis.


The Institute of the Americas will be the anchor tenant of the University of the Incarnate Word's newest and most significant recent acquisition, Founders Hall. Founders Hall is named for University founders, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, and will be a flagship location for scholarship, research, education and works of international impact.

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Dr. Rafael Hoyle
Institute of the Americas

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