College of the Mainland will host the Mexican Consulate General of Houston in the Student Center Nov. 3-6, 10, 12 and 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The partnership will allow Mexican citizens living in Galveston County to apply or renew their passports or consular IDs (matrículas consulates) without traveling to Houston.

Rafael Naranjo, professor of Spanish and director of the Oaxaca Study Abroad Program, is coordinating this program with the Hispanic Student Club and community members.

The Consulate General of Mexico and COM have a history of collaboration in different cultural activities; it is the consulate’s second visit.  

“We have a good relationship with the consulate because they have seen that our faculty, our administration and our students are engaged in the cultural and political life of the community,” said Naranjo. “COM identifies special needs of the community and does as much as possible to meet them. As a community college we serve our community and for that reason we will bring the Mexican consulate so they can serve the Mexican community in our area.”

The event is part of the consulate’s “Consulado Sobre Ruedas” (Consulate on Wheels) Program.

In 2015, COM received a federal $2.6 million grant as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. Over 27 percent of its students are Hispanic.

For more information, contact Naranjo at 409-933-8353 or