Germán Fajardo Dolci offers an attentive ear to UNAM problems

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As part of his professional training, otorhinolaryngology, Germán Fajardo Dolci, candidate for the UNAM Rectorate, knows that he must have his ears very attentive, to listen to the demands of the university community and address the main ills that afflict it, among the that identifies gender violence, insecurity, access barriers and lack of attention to the physical, mental and even spiritual condition of the students.

For this reason, among its main proposals is the creation of a University System for Student Wellbeing, which allows, among other things, to establish socio-emotional strategies that address tolerance to discomfort, emotional regulation and mindfulness.

“The most important thing is the students and we have seen, after the pandemic, that one of the main problems we face is the well-being of families, the well-being of the student and that it has to do with their social environment, with their personal environment, and for the student to have a better bachelor's degree, of course, he must have all the technical tools, let's say, all the scientific tools, that the University offers with its professors, with its laboratories, with its classrooms, but also "He must have a good physical condition, a good mental, emotional, social, and even spiritual state, without it having anything to do with religion, so we have to support him and group all this around him, so that the student can have a good development." , he explained

In interview with ExcelsiorFajardo Dolci explained that the welfare system he proposes also includes aspects that have to do with Civil Protection.

“Today the University does not have a system to deal with, say, cases of heart attacks; to have in each unit, in each School, Institute, Faculty, these devices that help you make the diagnosis and be able to resuscitate the patient, then also in that sense, we have to be able to better support the community,” he acknowledged.

The university student admitted that we cannot continue turning our gaze to topics such as suicide.

“We have to be very close to the students, try to ensure that they trust us to make early diagnoses and offer comprehensive care,” he commented.

Although Dr. Fajardo has the diagnosis of a healthy and thriving University, which transforms lives, he is also clear that it must be reviewed, everything that has to do, for example, with study plans and programs to make them much more flexible and avant-garde, so that they help improve mobility.


Concerned about the food insecurity that affects three out of every hundred students, who have gone without food, Fajardo Dolci proposes the creation of school cafeterias and an increase in the amount of scholarships for food.

"A large number of students, more than 200,000, receive some type of scholarship, we will have to review which one there is more, or also increase the amount of what each student receives and see how they are using it."

"For example, something that worries us a lot, and we might have to talk to local and federal authorities, is transportation, let's say public transportation, for students, we would propose that it could be free or at half price, that does not depend Of course, it depends on each of the authorities, local authorities, in some cases, but we would think about making life easier for our students, so that the income they have through these scholarships can be used in other things such as It can be food, and not necessarily payment for transportation,” he said.


As part of his proposals to improve transportation within the National University, he spoke of the need to begin planning for the construction of a cable car and an electric train that operate in Ciudad Universitaria, as well as the renovation of the Pumabús, for ecological buses.

“Ciudad Universitaria can be a city without vehicles, if there are cities in the world that are trying and planning it, we think that Ciudad Universitaria should be an example in this sense and it is something that we have to start talking about, planning. . On the other hand, the Pumabús can no longer continue to be gasoline or diesel vehicles, they have to be electric,” he indicated.


When talking about gender violence, one of the evils that afflict the National University for which, he warns, there is no "margin of error", Fajardo Dolci explained that an enormous effort must be made, not only in awareness, culture and training, but also forceful actions against aggressors.

“If someone suffers from this violence, let the repercussions take effect immediately or as quickly as possible, according to the regulations, and let it be an example so that no one else repeats it. Depending on the type of violence, there are sanctions ranging from the expulsion of students, the expulsion of teachers, or suspension for long periods,” he highlighted.

Regarding the recent attack suffered by Dr. Zoraida García, director of the National School of Forensic Sciences, by the former general secretary of the Faculty of Law, Ricardo Rojas Arévalo, who referred to her as a “fucking old asshole,” in a live broadcast, the university student warned that expressions of this type do not fit in the University.

"I understand that appropriate actions have been taken within the Faculty of Law, I hope this serves as an example to respect the entire community and that people can express their opinion on any topic, not only about the succession process, without any repercussion of another type; We are the University, all ideas fit here, all opinions must fit here.”

“What does not fit in the University is this type of violence, this type of actions, we must remember what the significance of the University is, what it means for this country, being the most important social project, and then the University It should be an example of tolerance, justice, freedom, dialogue and respect, I cannot imagine it any other way,” he expressed.

With the experience of having been Undersecretary of Health during the government of Felipe Calderón and head of the Education, Research and Policy Unit of the IMSS, in the six-year term of Enrique Peña Nieto, Fajardo highlighted that the fact of not having any political affiliation, It allows you to talk to anyone to reach consensus on issues such as the budget and security in university facilities.

“Having a social vocation helps me present an important candidacy, a strong candidacy, with extra-university experience,” he concluded.

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