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January

For its recently launched NEXT HORIZON campaign —focused on research and student success— FIU leadership featured LACC faculty scholarship, represented by Professor Jose Miguel Cruz' gang research, and the Center's partnership with Kimberly Green and the Green Family Foundation. "Our research provides not only an opportunity for FIU/LACC students to reach a new level of proficiency, it also provides solid data for US government policy making", they hold. Video available above.

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Three reports on the political, economic and security trends in the Caribbean, Central America and Latin America are selected by the Inter American Press Association to be the topic of its webinar on February 7th at noon EST. The webinar, held in Spanish and viewed by journalists throughout the hemisphere, features Luis Guillermo Solis, former president of Costa Rica, Christopher Sabatini of Global Americans and Frank Mora, LACC director.

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Students from three Central American countries — Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras are invited to apply for the Central American Security and Drug Policy Scholarship CASAD that provides tuition and stipend for students to complete a Master of Arts in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from LACC. For details and online application, please visit click on the title above.

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Tinker Field Research Grants Coming Soon!

Grad Students can soon apply for significant funding from LACC’s Tinker Foundation Field Research Grants Program awards. Tinker awards are designed to provide graduate students with funds for travel to and within any Spanish and Portuguese-speaking country in Latin America to conduct research and develop contacts with scholars and institutions in their fields of study. Stay tuned! Award info., details on the application process, and deadlines will be available on social media by late January.

LACC Distinguished Visiting Professor and former president of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solis, was the honored guest speaker at November's Penn-Biden Center luncheon. The event, designed for policy makers, US State Department leaders and congressional aides, was featured in the PBC's recent December newsletter.

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February

Following President Trump's presentation of his Venezuelan policy at FIU last Monday, on Thursday, 2/18, university experts offer an in-depth discussion on the Venezuelan crisis led by Vaclav Havel Program Sr. Fellow David Kramer. Participants include LACC's Director Dr. Frank Mora, PIR Professor Dr. Astrid Arraras, FIU Law School Professor Dr. Manuel Gomez, and Jack D. Gordon Institute Director Brian Fonseca. For more information, please call (305) 348-2977.

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Professor Jean Rahier (GSS), founding member of the International University Observatory of Justice for Afro-Descendants in Latin America (OJALA) and LACC faculty affiliate, has secured a grant from the Werner-Gren Fund to support a three-year graduate research assistantship. In addition to pursuing a doctoral degree in GSS (Major Anthropology) at FIU, the person selected will work as a RA for OJALA for 20 hours/week.

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March

Modern Languages Associate Professor Melissa Baralt explores how people teach others language and how best practices can improve. Following a year's study of FIU & FMU Spanish professors, she developed the proposal "Improving Spanish-Language Teacher Training and Retention" that was awarded $100K by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant is a joint FIU/FMU project to engage and retain Black student enrollment in language classes and results from LACC's Title VI MI-Bridge project.

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