Heritage 2019 began by exploring the country of Mexico. The proximity of Mexico to the US not to mention the large amount of population in the US that still has continuous ties with Mexico, guides Heritage to explore the possibilities of (re)connection. Mexico is the third largest country in Latin America and is one of the chief economic and political forces in the region. It is considered an emerging global power despite any of the political and social changes that have occurred over the last decades. The richness and complexity of its history and culture as well as its location as a gateway to Latin America makes the perfect country to begin the Heritage journey.
The fourth largest city and the capital of the state of Puebla, Puebla City is recognized as a world heritage site by UNESCO. It offers an experience of both historic and modern sites that surround its rich historic center, called El Zocalo. Modern sites such as the observatory La Estrella de Puebla,various museums that are dedicated to the sciences and the arts, and over 26 institutions dedicated to higher education can be found throughout the city. Churches can be found nearly on every corner, with the most famous chapel there, La Capilla del Rosario often being called the eighth world wonder.
The 2019 Cohort met with a variety of business owners, government officials, educators, and Indigenous leaders throughout their program. The participants and the hosts shared experiences, thoughts, hopes, and ideas for future collaboration. Site visits, among others, included:
- Cholula Pyramid
- Historic Puebla Zocalo
- Museo de los Fuertes de Loreto y Guadalupe
- Capilla del Rosario
- Archivo Historico Municipal de Puebla
- Congreso del Estado de Puebla
The weeklong program helped the participants network professionally as they saw the assets that being bi-cultural offers.