Last night, the Mexican professional community in Metro Detroit held a black tie fundraising gala at the Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel in Novi, MI.
The event was called Colores de México (“Colors of Mexico”), as it aimed to showcase the richness and variety of of Mexico´s ethnic culture, music, and dances, renowned worldwide for their vibrant colors and unusual designs. The Matices folk dancing group both modeled and performed typical dances from different regions in Mexico.
Over 300 people attended Colores de México last night, and the event included a unique fashion show with traditional dresses representing Mexico´s ancient folk art, showcasing different outfits ranging from the well known china poblana outfit, to original hand-painted evening wear focusing on painter Frida Kahlo designed by Mexican artist Alberto Marín.
“Our organizations are proud to be ambassadors of the Mexican culture with the main goal of preserving and promoting our traditions, folklore, and music for the younger generations. We deliver folk dance instruction and provide financial aid to low-income children and youth in our community”, explained Monique Villegas Saucedo, creator of Mexicanas en Michigan–Friends on Board, the largest Mexican social/non-profit organization in Michigan, that includes over 2,000 Mexican women.
The shortage of engineers in Michigan which originated during the recession of the previous administration, created a need to “import” talent, especially from corporate facilities in Mexico. At the same time, in the last 20 years the number of engineering graduates in Mexico significantly increased, with 118,000 engineers graduating in 2013. In the last few years, the number of Mexican engineers in Michigan also increased dramatically (which makes sense being that Michigan is the No. 1 automotive hub of the world).
Research by the World Economic Forum shows that the countries with largest number of engineering graduates are Russia (with over 454,000 engineers), followed by the US, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Ukraine, Mexico, France, and Vietnam, in that order. Nevertheless, nowadays Mexico produces more engineers than Germany, and according to Nearshore Americas, it presently outperforms the US when it comes to STEM graduates (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).
Today hundreds of male and female engineers from Mexico are successfully integrated and working for Michigan corporations, mostly around the Metro Detroit area.
Over 400 people attended last night´s gala and funds obtained through its fundraising event will be used to open a new Mexican cultural center in Pontiac.