Consortium Named National Resource

UM President Donna E. Shalala, CLAS Director Ariel Armony, LACC Director Cristina Eguizábal, and FIU President Mark Rosenberg

A consortium co-founded last year by the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences has been designated a U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center.

The Miami Consortium for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, a partnership of CLAS and FIU’s Latin American and Caribbean Center, received a $1 million Title VI National Resource Center grant supporting faculty travel, course development, language training, and cultural and academic exchanges, as well as increased outreach and training at all education levels, from kindergarten up.

Focused on promoting research and stimulating public awareness of all aspects of Latin America and the Caribbean while fostering relations with the United States and nations outside the Western Hemisphere, the consortium has already hosted conferences on Haiti, Bolivia, Brazil, and other nations.

Named director of CLAS in August 2010, Ariel C. Armony, international studies professor and Weeks Professor of Latin American Studies, says the consortium will allow UM and FIU to “become the top leaders in the area of Latin American and Caribbean studies.”