The UCLA Latin American Institute (LAI) is recognized as a major regional, national, and international resource for the support and development of innovative research, and educational and cultural programming related to Latin America and the Caribbean region. The LAI is dedicated to extending the Institute’s resources, knowledge, and research on Latin America to K-14 schools, students and teachers, as well as community organizations, business and media.
Funded through a Title VI Federal Area Studies grant sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, the LAI’s outreach activities include sponsorship and coordination of lectures, roundtables, film screenings, workshops and professional development and teacher training to enhance and expand an understanding of the region.
The LAI is always looking to establish new ties with community organizations, local businesses, academic programs, and schools and colleges. If you have an idea for collaboration, please contact the LAI’s Outreach Coordinator, Cynthia Gomez (firstname.lastname@example.org
K12 outreach at the LAI has focused on offering academic enrichment and professional development opportunities to hundreds of local K-12 educators. The Institute also supports projects and events that engage the interests, knowledge and practices of educators who teach about Latin America.
Business & Media
The LAI provides support for the annual UCLA Latin American Business Association (LABA) conference, which is designed to increase awareness of business in Latin America, as well as present a Latin American perspective of current global trends and their effects on the region. The conference is held on the UCLA campus in May.
Other partnerships include support and collaboration with the American Film Institute (AFI) Film Festival, The Latin American Film Festival and the Los Angeles Film Festival to promote and strengthen programming for Latin American films.