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Dr. Gabriela Hoberman serves as the LACC Director of Academic Programs and the Faculty Director of LACC’s Study Abroad Program on Politics and International Relations in Argentina. She teaches comparative politics courses as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Politics & International Relations, is a Faculty member of the Master of Arts in Global Affairs and collaborates as an Affiliated Scholar with the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy. Welcome!

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LACC is pleased to welcome our new Director, Dr. Anthony Pereira. He joins FIU from his previous appointment at King's College London as Professor and Founding Director of the Brazil Institute. Dr. Pereira's research interests include authoritarianism and democracy, human rights, public security policy, environmental issues, and international relations in Latin America and the Caribbean. Welcome Dr. Pereira!

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Dr. Jose Miguel Cruz, LACC Director of Research, published an article on the gang situation throughout El Salvador in the German newspaper, Frankfurter Rundschau. This newspaper is based in Frankfurt and produces regional and nationwide issues as well as an online edition.

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The Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a 2022-26 US Department of Education Title VI grant. LACC successfully competed for both the National Resource Center (NRC) and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) grants, securing a total award of $2,215,296 (an increase of over $100,000 from the previous award cycle, making it LACC's largest Title VI award to date).

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The U.S. Department of Education featured Nyya Flores Toussaint in the recent issue of the IFLE (International and Foreign Language Education) Newsletter. Nyya is a LACC Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship alumnus who collaborated with FIU faculty member Nicolas André to develop the Haitian Creole language course recently launched through Duolingo.

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Every year the MDCSS awards the Paul Hanson Award to a person/institution that has gone above and beyond to serve the Social Studies community through their work with students, schools, the MDCSS, & the Social Studies department in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. LACC has received this prestigious award for its outstanding contributions to South Florida’s academic institutions, resulting from its U.S. Department of Education Title VI Grant programming and initiatives.

On June 22-23, LACC will host the K-12 Teacher Training Workshop “Creating the Children’s Book Series Art of the Americas and How You Can Create Yours." Author Rebecca Hinson will explore the journey of book creation and her "Art of the Americas" series, which includes 48 children’s books that interpret the cultures of the Americas.

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Walter Abanto, a graduate student in LACC’s joint MA program and International Relations PhD program at Florida International University (FIU), will be presenting his research titled “The Peruvian Architects of Latin American International Law: The Role of José María del Pando and José Silva Santisteban,” on May 27th at the ANZSIL History and Theory of International Law Workshop. Be sure to tune in for his presentation.

Sponsored by FIU LACC and the Montgomery Botanical Center (Miami), the graduate student course “Advanced Latin America and Caribbean Island Workshop on Plant Taxonomy and Nomenclature” was held April 25-29, 2022. This academic activity took place at the Montgomery Botanical Center and was attended by 14 students from FIU, University of Florida, Bahamas National Trust, University of Puerto Rico, Natural History Museum of Jamaica, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Montgomery Botanical Center, and

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Dr. Judith Mansilla, Assistant Teaching Professor and Faculty Adviser in the Department of History, is the first awardee from FIU to receive the Junior Faculty Teaching Award from the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs. The selection committee is comprised of faculty peers from Latin American studies centers and programs across the US and is dedicated to recognizing truly stellar teaching in the field of Latin American Studies by junior faculty.