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February

Associate Teaching Professor and Haitian Studies Certificate Director, Nicolas André, worked as a lead developer for the new Haitian Creole Course on the language-learning platform Duolingo. The Duolingo course follows the linguistics standards set by the Haitian Creole Academy, or Akademi Kreyòl Ayisyen, of which Nicolas André is a founding member.

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The Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, the Cuban Research Institute, and FIU Libraries are pleased to request applications from scholars and graduate students for the summer of 2022. The Díaz-Ayala Library Travel Grants provide the opportunity to conduct research in the special collections and archives related to Cuba and Cuban Americans at the FIU Libraries.

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Florida International University Search & Screen Committee announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited.

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March

On March 22nd, USAID Administrator Samantha Power signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with FIU LACC to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the international development field. This MOU builds on USAID and LACC’s long-time collaboration on international development initiatives, such as governance and security in the Northern Triangle and disaster risk reduction.

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A new list of dates for a series of interviews for a second LACC Director candidate.

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In the newest episode of "Panther Personalities," Simone Athayde speaks about her work and research supporting indigenous peoples in the Amazon region. Dr. Athayde serves as a lead faculty member for LACC's Program of Excellence in Brazilian Studies (PROBRAS) and is a lead author for the Science Panel for the Amazon, an initiative that assembles the knowledge of indigenous peoples, scientists and others in the Amazon region to inform conservation and sustainable development efforts.

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April

Cutler Bay Senior High School visits FIU

On April 19, LACC hosted students from Cutler Bay Senior High School as part of our Interdisciplinary Teach-In: Tracking Climate Change Effects on Latin American and Caribbean Economies.Supported by LACC’s US Dept. of Education Title VI Grant, students toured the FIU campus, met with LACC Director President Solis, learned about sea level rise at the GIS Center, and visited the exhibit “El Tesoro” at the Frost Art Museum.

LACC Awarded with a State Department-INL Grant in Partnership with CAJ and CCJ

Jose Miguel Cruz (LACC), Ana Carazo (CAJ/CCJ), & Ryan Meldrum (CAJ/CCJ) have been awarded a 3-year grant by the US Dept. of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics & Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) to co-lead (with Notre Dame researchers) an evaluation of the Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) Program in El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica & Panama. The $600,539 award will allow FIU researchers to conduct the first systematic evaluation of GREAT programs implemented in Central America.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded dLOC a four-year, $2,000,000 grant “Revitalizing the Digital Library of the Caribbean” to support collection creation and community development as part of ongoing collection growth. The project will focus on supporting activities such as digitization and preservation workflows, copyright, and the ethical reuse of dLOC collections in teaching and research.

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May

Walter Abanto to Present at Australian & New Zealand Society of International Law (ANZSIL) Workshop

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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LACC Affiliated Faculty Judith Mansilla Awarded the 2022 CLASP Junior Faculty Teaching Award

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.

On May 4, 2022, LACC Interim Director Pres. Luis Solís and FIU faculty members Augusta Vono, Dr. Simone Athayde, and Dr. Clinton Jenkins met with Ambassador André Odenbreit Carvalho. The FIU LACC delegation discussed potential collaborations between LACC’s Program of Excellence in Brazilian Studies (PROBRAS) and the Consulate. This included an invitation to the Consul-General, to participate in a series of Fall 2022 events, which will mark the official launch of PROBRAS.

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June

LACC Receives 2022 Paul Hanson Award from the Miami-Dade Council for the Social Studies (MDCSS)

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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August

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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September

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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