Nadia Alvarez Mexia

Nadia Alvarez Mexia

Director, Latin American Initiatives
University Services Building
​888 N Euclid Avenue, Room 322
Tucson, AZ  85719
(520) 626-1132

Nadia Alvarez Mexia is the Director of Latin American Partnership Initiatives (LAPI) at the University of Arizona (UA). Since 2007, she has managed undergraduate research and academic programs, bringing Latin American STEM students to the UA for 10 weeks in the fall, spring, and summer. The intensive programs allow international students to conduct research, improve English proficiency, and learn about the academic culture in the United States — laying a strong foundation for graduate-level study. Nadia’s research programs have been awarded by the UA (Peter W. Likins Inclusive Award, Staff Category, 2007), NAFSA (Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award, 2012), CONICYT (Chile - Grant), and IIE (Science Without Borders - Grant from Brazil). LAPI recently moved to the UA Office of Global Initiatives, where Nadia and her team develop and implement “Study Arizona: Short-Term Programs” — innovative models and programs for students from Latin America and beyond. Before joining the UA, Nadia worked for a decade in Mexico’s higher education system as a teacher, mentor, and administrator with Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) in Monterrey and Mazatlán. A native of Mazatlán, Nadia obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from ITESM and her Ph.D. in Teaching & Teacher Education with a minor in Language, Reading & Culture from the UA. She is a recipient of the Erasmus Circle Award, one of the highest honors from the UA’s College of Education.