About the Lewis Center of the Americas

The Liza and Jack Lewis Center 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 Lewis Center 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.

 

Lewis Center Online Gallery

Rigoberta Menchu Tum

Evening reception on Oct. 4, 2023 to honor Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchú Tum, with a presentation by Dr. Menchú Tum and a special introduction by Afro-Indigenous storyteller, culture writer, literacy editor, and Emmy-award-winner Sandra Guzmán.

Strengthening Bonds with Colombia

Strengthening Bonds with Colombia

The Lewis Center of the Americas, in collaboration with the World Affairs Council of San Antonio, hosted a panel discussion on the topic "Strengthening Bonds with Colombia".

Conversations with Ambassador Creagan

The State of U.S.-Mexico Diplomatic Relations "The State of U.S.-Mexico Diplomatic Relations on Their 200th Official Anniversary" with special guest Dr. Rubén Minutti Zanatta

Recent and Upcoming Events

2024 Sister Cities International All Americas Summit – May 28–31, 2024

2024 Sister Cities International All Americas Summit – May 28–31, 2024

Save the date for the 2024 Sister Cities International All Americas Summit on May 28th- 31st, 2024 at the Henry B. González Convention Center. This summit is dedicated to cultivating people-to-people ties to foster mutual understanding and peace with other countries and states.

For more information about the 2024 All Americas Summit

César E. Chávez: 28th Annual March For Justice – March 23, 2024

César E. Chávez: 28th Annual March For Justice – March 23, 2024

UIW will be participating in the 2024 Cesar E. Chavez March for Justice, A San Antonio Tradition since 1997! Join us for the 28th annual Cesar E. Chavez March for Justice on Saturday, March 23, 2024Co-sponsored by the City of San Antonio, The Cesar Chavez March for Justice is organized by The Cesar E. Chavez Legacy & Educational Foundation.

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Tommy Calvert

A Conversation with Ambassador Creagan featuring Commissioner Tommy Calvert – February 15th, 2024

Commissioner Calvert is the youngest and first African-American County Commissioner in Bexar County, and as one of the most dynamic young leaders in the state of Texas, he is the winner of San Antonio Business Journal’s "40 under 40" award.

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Lewis Center Faculty Network

A fundamental resource for the Lewis Center is the network of UIW faculty members, across the entire UIW system, whose perspectives have been shaped by formative cross-border experiences in the Americas.

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Lewis Center of the Americas Leadership

Under the direction of Dr. Rafael Hoyle, the Lewis Center forms part of UIW's Division of International Affairs, led by Mr. Marcos Fragoso. The leadership team also includes Dr. James Creagan, UIW's Ambassador in Residence, and Dr. David Vequist, founder and director of UIW's Center for Medical Tourism Research, which now operates under the auspices of the Lewis Center.

Mr. Marcos Fragoso

Mr. Marcos Fragoso was the rector of the Centro Universitario Incarnate Word in his native Mexico City from 2004 to 2010. He was named UIW’s vice president for International Affairs in June of 2010 and has lived in San Antonio since that time. Mr. Fragoso is responsible for all the international initiatives and affairs for the University including sister school and exchange agreements, study abroad programs, faculty-led trips, UIW Global On-Line programs, and the Liza and Jack Lewis Center of the Americas. Furthermore, he oversees the UIW Mexico campuses in Mexico City and Irapuato, and the UIW European Study Center in Strasbourg, having played an instrumental role in their creation and launch. Prior to joining the University, Mr. Fragoso worked for four years with an educational group overseeing 12 different K-12 schools and universities in Mexico. He has a Master of Business Administration in International Business and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of the Incarnate Word.

Rafael Hoyle

Rafael Hoyle joined the University in July 2019 and became the director of the Liza and Jack Lewis Center of the Americas in June 2021. Dr. Hoyle currently sits on the Board of Directors for UIW’s Mexico campuses and served previously as UIW’s Associate Vice-President for Planning and Campus Management. Prior to joining UIW, he was the managing director of International Studies Abroad, one of the largest providers of study abroad programs for U.S. students, known for its strong offering of programs in Latin America. Dr. Hoyle’s experience in higher education also includes six years as an instructor of Spanish at the University of Arizona and the University of Texas, and most recently he taught Multicultural Education at the University of Virginia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a master’s degree in Spanish from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a native Spanish speaker and feels a strong connection to the city of San Antonio, due in no small part to his northern Mexican heritage.

Ambassador James Creagan

Serving under nine U.S. presidents, Dr. Creagan led a diplomatic career spanning three decades. He retired from the Foreign Service in 1999 and became president of John Cabot University in Rome, Italy. In 2005, he was named President Emeritus. He was also a Guest Scholar at the University of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute in 2005. In 2006, he joined the University of the Incarnate Word as Professor and Ambassador in Residence, and in 2022 he returns in that same capacity, this time also as a Fellow at the Liza and Jack Lewis Center of the Americas. His awards throughout his career include Honorary Citizen of Honduras, Boston Archdiocese’s Caritas Christi Award for Humanitarian Service, Cavalier of the Order of St. Gregory from the Holy See and the Italian Order of Merit, Commendatore, along with numerous U.S. government awards. Currently, he is a member of the Cosmos Club of Washington, D.C., the Board of the San Antonio World Affairs Council, the Latin American Advisory Council of the University of Notre Dame, the board of the Texas Water Mission, the Advisory Council of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, and the board of the San Antonio Council for International Visitors. He also works with the Fulbright Association of San Antonio. Ambassador Creagan graduated from the University of Notre Dame and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. He speaks Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.

Dr. David George Vequist IVDr. David George Vequist IV is a professor of management in the H-E-B School of Business & Administration and the founder/director of the UIW Center for Medical Tourism Research, part of the Liza and Jack Lewis Center of the Americas. He is also a managing editor for the Journal of Health Care Management Standards. Before joining UIW, Dr. Vequist was an executive for Methodist Healthcare and consulted for Ernst & Young. Dr. Vequist is an accomplished speaker, author and researcher and has been interviewed and featured in numerous media on five continents. His focus on international healthcare has exposed him to diverse perspectives on health and wellness and shaped his approach in the classroom and the content of his courses. In Latin America, Dr. Vequist has presented at conferences in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Cuba, Colombia, Guatemala and Panama. His cross-border experience has translated into a broader worldview and appreciation of how globalization has impacted health systems over the last few decades.

 

Lewis Center Interview Series

The Lewis Center Interviews focus on colleagues who through their work are strengthening and expanding international relations in the Americas.

Meet Dr. Leticia Vargas

Dr. Leticia Vargas of the UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine tells us about her work in the classroom, her medical practice, and her dedicated community service, particularly through her years of involvement with the Quijotes of San Antonio, a medical mission group that for years has been a strong partner of UIW to help provide medical care to the people of Oaxaca. Furthermore, she tells us about her wonderful experiences and also the challenges she has faced on her path to achieving her academic and professional goals.

Meet Mr. Larry Rubin

Mr. Larry Rubin speaks about the deep connections that link the the U.S. and Mexico, about the importance of intercultural competence for today’s leaders, and about his current work as President of the American Society of Mexico. He also comments on the recent trend of U.S. nationals moving to Mexico City because of the city’s quality of life.

Meet Ambassador Edward Prado

Former U.S. ambassador to Argentina and federal judge Edward C. Prado speaks with Dr. Rafael Hoyle about the journey that took him from San Antonio, Texas, where he was born and spent his entire life, to the City of Buenos Aires, where he served for three years as ambassador

Featured Publications

This section features and lists publications, written by UIW faculty, that focus on an international topic within the Americas.

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Border Crossings

In this section, we shed light on missions, research, faculty exchange and study abroad programs that take members of the UIW community across national borders in the Americas.

Dr. Erlinda López-Rodríguez will be leading a service mission trip to Oaxaca, Mexico

Mexico

Dr. Erlinda López-Rodríguez will be leading a group of students and faculty from UIW health professions schools on a service mission trip to Oaxaca, Mexico.

Dr. Rachel Pittman, Dr. Arunabh Bhattacharya, and Dr. Leticia Vargas will be leading a medical mission program to Antigua, Guatemala, and surrounding areas.

Guatemala

Dr. Rachel Pittman, Dr. Arunabh Bhattacharya, and Dr. Leticia Vargas will be leading a medical mission program to Antigua, Guatemala, and surrounding areas.

 

Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, Professor of Religious Studies, and Dr. Beth Sunne-Duff, Associate Professor of Nutrition, will be leading a service mission program to Guatemala City and surrounding areas.

Guatemala

Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, Professor of Religious Studies, and Dr. Beth Sunne-Duff, Associate Professor of Nutrition, will be leading a service mission program to Guatemala City and surrounding areas.

Dr. James Creagan, Fellow of the Lewis Center, is supporting the Texas Water Mission with ongoing efforts to provide fresh water and combat cholera in underserved villages in Hondura

Honduras

Dr. James Creagan, Fellow of the Lewis Center, is supporting the Texas Water Mission with ongoing efforts to provide fresh water and combat cholera in underserved villages in Honduras.
Dr. Teresa Harrison’s Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management students engaged in a social entrepreneurship project with the women of the Shipibo Tribe in Perú.

Perú

Dr. Teresa Harrison’s Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management students engaged in a social entrepreneurship project with the women of the Shipibo Tribe in Perú.
 

Headquarters

Detailed architectural planning for the Lewis Center headquarters at Founders Hall is underway. Completion of the renovation is targeted for the summer of 2025. The images below are two of the renderings by Lake Flato Architects.

rendering of the lounge area

Central Stair Leading to Lewis Center

rendering of the international forum area

Double-height Space for International Events

 

UIW Sister Schools in the Americas

UIW has over 35 sister school agreements with universities in the Americas. These relationships facilitate the exchange of visiting scholars, study abroad, collaborative research and cross-border service learning, in order to promote a more global perspective at UIW and our valued partner institutions. For more information about agreements in each country, please use the buttons below:

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Partners

The Lewis Center of the Americas collaborates with local and international strategic partners who share a belief that greater possibilities can be realized when we reach across borders to develop alliances and broaden our perspective.

Strategic Partners Listing

 


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