University of Regina student poses question to Mexican president

President Dr. Vianne Timmons with U of R students (l-r) Daniel Soto, Francisco Segura, and Ana Lucia Herrasti. Twitter: Vianne Timmons

A University of Regina student had the opportunity to pose a question to the leaders of both Canada and Mexico on Tuesday as part of the North American Leaders’ Summit.

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Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto joined Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for a townhall discussion with about 100 students from across the country.

Three of those students were from the University of Regina (U of R).

U of R president, Vianne Timmons, said she was invited to the summit along with three Mexican international students.

According to Timmons, Pena Nieto and Trudeau only had time to take about seven questions.

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“One of our students, Ana Lucia, she asked a question which I thought was phenomenal,” Timmons said.

Lucia told Pena Nieto and Trudeau she was proud of the university’s Campus for All program for students with disabilities.

“[She] wondered how the Mexican and Canadian government could encourage more students with disabilities to participate in mobility programs,” Timmons said.

“Both our prime minister and the president of Mexico were taken aback, I think. Both spoke about the importance of shoulder tapping, students with disabilities and providing them support to go on mobility experiences.”

“They said never in their life, coming from Mexico, you know, [a country of] 50 million people, would ever have the chance to have a conversation with the president of Mexico,” Timmons said.

Timmons said Trudeau went on to recognize the University of Regina and its support for indigenous students.

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The University of Regina has over 2,000 international students.

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