The UCLA Latin American Institute is a vital regional, national, and international resource on Latin America. Since its founding in 1959, the LAI has equipped generations of leaders, professionals, and students with the information and skills required for understanding the vast and complex region of Latin America. The LAI supports research by funding grants and foreign-language instruction, and disseminates recent scholarship through conferences, workshops, public programs, teacher training, and publications.


Meet our UCLA Lemann Fellows 2016-17

The Jorge Paulo Lemann Fellowship Fund provides support to top Brazilian students with a deep interest in the overall advancement of Brazil.

Brazil has improved health care for all, but inequalities persist

UCLA Professor James Macinko, guest edited a special edition of the International Journal for Equity in Health. The collection of articles summarize the progress made in reducing Brazil's traditionally large gap in health status and in access to health care, while highlighting important areas that require additional effort.

Dr. Karin Nielsen speaks at launch of Latin America initiative

The director of the Center for Brazilian Studies joined colleagues from the Geffen School of Medicine at the UCLA Center for World Health, whose new initiative aims to improve health care infrastructure in Latin America.

UCLA student wins 2nd place in APRU global health poster contest

Jessa Culver's winning poster project focused on responses to the HIV/AIDS Crisis in Haiti. The UCLA senior plans to pursue an M.D. and M.P.H. in order to pursue a career in global public health.

Professor Susanna Hecht Delivers Keynote at UMFG Conference in Belo Horizonte

Professor Hecht delivered the keynote address at the International South American Conference: Territoriality and Humanities at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Belo Horizone, Brazil.

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