Post-Secondary Education

LACC continues to serve post-secondary institutions in Florida through a variety of outreach programs.

This effort includes faculty colloquia, faculty exchanges, faculty training seminars, library travel grants, curricular development, conferences and events. Some post-secondary outreach highlights include:

The Díaz-Ayala Cuban and Latin American Popular Music Collection Library Travel Grants provide unique access to scholars working on Cuban and Latin American music. The Díaz-Ayala Cuban and Latin American Popular Music Collection is the most extensive publicly available collection of Cuban and Latin American music in the United States. The collection’s approximate 100,000 items span the history of popular Cuban and other Latin music, including 25,000 LPs and 14,500 78 mms. The collection also includes 4,500 cassettes containing radio interviews with composers and musicians; 4,000 pieces of sheet music; 3,000 books; and thousands of CDs, photographs, videocassettes, and paper files. Among the collection’s rarest items are recordings made in pre-revolutionary Cuba.

LACC proudly supports the FIU Cuban Research Institute's Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies convenes more than 100 scholars and features more than 30 panels and continues to be one of the nation´s premiere gatherings of scholars working on Cuban and Cuban-American studies. The conference addresses a wide array of current political, economic, cultural and social issues affecting the island and the diaspora in the light of a changing world, provides an important scholarly forum for post-secondary students and educators and serves as a testament to importance of Miami as a critical point of engagement on issues related to the island.

LACC Post-Secondary Partnerships

Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP)

The Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center at Florida International University is a member of the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP). CLASP promotes all facets of Latin American studies throughout the world. Its specific programs range from the stimulation of research activities and the funding of professional workshops to the encouragement of citizen outreach activities and the development of teaching aids for the classroom.

The particular mix of CLASP-sponsored programs has varied over time, always with the aim of promoting teaching and research on Latin America at all educational levels. To this end, CLASP sponsors workshops at national conventions, develops curriculum materials, and actively promotes increased public and private funding for Latin American studies.

CLASP programming is guided by an Executive Committee comprised of three officers and six members, plus the chairpersons of CLASP Working Committees. All dues-paying members are eligible to nominate and vote for the President and Vice President as well as Executive Committee members. The President and EC identify the Secretary-Treasurer and Chairpersons of Working Committees. More...

LACC/UM Consortium Faculty Exchange

Each year three professors from LACC and University of Miami lecture to classes across institutions. Topics cover multiple disciplines, create bonds among faculty colleagues, and promote the graduate student exchange program that allows students to take up to two classes at the other institution per semester.

Diaz-Ayala Library Travel Grants

Every year, the Cuban Research Institute (CRI), the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC), and Florida International University Libraries offer the Díaz-Ayala Library Travel Grants to study the university's special collections related to Cuba and Cuban Americans. More...

Interdisciplinary Faculty Colloquia

The Interdisciplinary Faculty Colloquia series provides a space where FIU faculty and advanced graduate students present their research, exchange ideas with researchers in different disciplines, and nurture new projects. It is, primarily, a resource to promote FIU’s academic dialogue and research on Latin America and the Caribbean. More...

MI-BRIDGE Task-based Language Training for Faculty

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Minority Institutions Building Resources to Ignite Development and Growth in Education (MI-BRIDGE) is a new program founded by FIU’s Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center in partnership with Florida Memorial University. Its mission is to team with other Minority Serving Institutions and collaborate to maximize Minority Serving Institutions’ student success in foreign language and area studies.

LACC/University of Puerto Rico Social Determinants of Health International Practicum for MSI Pre-Professionals

Part of LACC's Health and Society Program of Excellence and in partnership with University of Puerto Rico's Medical Sciences Campus and School of Public Health, this community building action program is designed to inform policy on health equity and prepare a future pipeline of linguistically and culturally diverse professionals in Public Health. Based in Puerto Rico and conducted entirely in Spanish, the technical training program examines how social, cultural, economic and political structures impact access to wellness and opportunities for healthy living and provides training that translates into effective, transformative, pro-¬equity public policy initiatives and programs and practices in and beyond the health sector. Through community-based interventions and applied case study collaboration with researchers, practitioners, community leaders and other stakeholders, pre-professional participants critically assess the use and effectiveness of community building and organizational strategies to address social determinants of health and make recommendations for the reduction and/or elimination of health inequities among underserved and minority populations. Made possible with support from LACC's US Department of Education Title VI Grant.

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