CLAS: Center for Latin American Studies

News and Highlights


May 9, 2011

CLAS would like to congratulate the graduating class of 2011 Latin American Studies (LAS) Degree students and highlight some of their great achievements and future plans.  Among the exceptional graduating LAS students this school year, we are pleased to have among our ranks Jorge Mulet, UM Robert Levine Outstanding Senior Award recipient, Jessica Macias, 2011 Teach for America core member, and Rachel Libby, Fulbright grant recipient. 

As an Outstanding Senior Award recipient, Jorge Mulet has contributed greatly to the UM community through his many endeavors at the University.  As a LAS student Jorge has excelled in his studies and participated in a number of community engagement and field research courses including travel to Bocas del Toro, Panama, and San Lucas Tolimán, Guatemala.  Jorge was also a 2010 Undergraduate Scholar at the Cuban Heritage Collection and was recognized for his studies on the life and works of the Cuban-born playwright Luis Santeiro. 

Jessica Macias has also been an active and successful LAS student and looks forward to closing the achievement gap among U.S. youth as a 2011 Teach for America core member.  Jessica believes a lack of opportunities hinders many underserved youth from achieving their utmost potential and she looks forward to helping students break free from recurring cycles of social injustice as a teacher in our local community, Miami-Dade county. 

Rachel Libby, graduating Fellow in Latin American Studies and current Graduate Assistant at CLAS, was recently awarded a Fulbright Grant to study the impact of community outreach programs in improving health on Dominican sugar plantations, popularly known as bateyes.  Over the next year she will work directly with the National Research Center for Maternal and Child Health (Centro Nacional de Investigación en Salud Materno Infantil, CENISMI) and batey residents to evaluate community health campaigns and determine how to best approach health education within their communities. 

CLAS celebrates the work of all of its excellent graduating LAS students and looks forward to hearing about their future accomplishments.