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UM and FIU Launch the Miami Consortium

February 16, 2011

Article excerpted from e-Veritas



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

The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at the University of Miami and the Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC) at Florida International University officially launched the Miami Consortium on Tuesday, February 15 at Coral Gables Museum.

UM President Donna E. Shalala, FIU President Mark Rosenberg, LACC Director Cristina Eguizábal, and CLAS Director Ariel Armony delivered remarks on the joint initiative.

The newly formed Miami Consortium for Latin American and Caribbean Studies has been designated a National Resource Center for Latin America by the U.S. Department of Education. This award solidifies LACC and CLAS as two of the top centers for the study of Latin America and the Caribbean in the nation while reinforcing Miami’s role as an economic and cultural gateway to the region.
The mission of the consortium is to promote research and stimulate public awareness of all aspects of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as stimulate relations with the United States and countries outside the Western Hemisphere.

Through the combined strengths and efforts of CLAS and LACC, the consortium is able to foster national and international linkages, spur research and regional understanding, and provide cultural and academic exchanges. This undertaking has been augmented by a $1 million Title VI National Resource Center grant. With the grant, the consortium has embarked on increased outreach and training at all levels, including K-12 students and educators, journalists, government officials, and the business community.