From the Director
Latin America and the Caribbean are as important today to Florida and the nation as when the Center's predecessor, the Institute
for Inter-American Affairs, was founded in 1930. We are the oldest program in Latin American Studies in the United States. And while
the problems confronting Latin America and hemispheric relations have changed over these eight decades from the need for a Good
Neighbor Policy in the 1930s to current debates over free trade agreements, global warming and immigration the UF Center for Latin
American Studies, a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center since 1961, continues to be at the forefront of
anticipating tomorrow's challenges.
Growing hemispheric interdependence through trade, investment, immigration, communication and cultural exchange requires
an informed citizenry as well as regional specialists. By providing a multi-disciplinary curriculum of area and language study, com-
bined with a variety of study abroad programs in the region, we train students for a broad range of careers in business, government,
non-governmental organizations and education.
Our cross-campus, graduate research and training programs bring together UF faculty and students from more than 50 depart-
ments. By focusing on cutting-edge interdisciplinary themes, we transcend disciplinary boundaries to understand Latin America in all
its dimensions. The Center, by bringing together social scientists and natural scientists, for example, has been a pioneer in the study of
tropical conservation and development in the Amazon. Partnering with the Levin College of Law, we are furthering the understand-
ing of law and public policy in the Americas as it relates to judicial reform, property rights and other topics of concern. Together with
the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, we are exploring problems shared by Latin America and the U.S., such as the impact of crime
on society. Joining with the Center for the World Arts of the College of Fine Arts, we are integrating Brazilian music and dance into the
classroom and engaging in innovative outreach programs throughout the state.
We have maintained excellence in Latin American Studies by attracting highly productive faculty who are experts on every coun-
try in Latin America and by building one of the top library collections on Latin America in the U.S. We need your support to continue
to develop the UF Center for Latin American Studies as a world-class program and a vital resource for Florida. We look forward to dis-
cussing with you how you can partner with us in support of Florida Tomorrow.
Carmen Diana Deere
Director, Center for Latin American Studies
The Promise of Tomorrow
The University of Florida holds the promise of the future:
Florida Tomorrow a place, a belief, a time. Florida Tomorrow is
filled with possibilities. Florida Tomorrow is for dreamers and
doers, for optimists and pragmatists, for scholars and entrepre-
neurs, all of whom are nurtured at Florida's flagship university:
the University of Florida, the foundation of the Gator Nation.
What is Florida Tomorrow? Here at the Center for Latin
American Studies, we believe it's an opportunity, one filled with
promise and hope. It's that belief that feeds the university's capi-
tal campaign to raise more than $1.5 billion.
The Florida Tomorrow campaign will shape the t.;i- .. -i1., cer-
tainly. But its ripple effect will also touch the state of Florida,
the nation and the entire world. Florida Tomorrow is pioneering
research and spirited academic programs. It's a fertile envi-
ronment for inquiry, teaching and learning. It's being at the
forefront to address the challenges facing all of us, both today
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where we anticipate problems of global concern.
Conservation and Development
Development and conservation doesn't need to be an either/
or proposition, Marianne Schmink insists. In fact, the best
way to preserve tropical forests, the director of UF's Tropical
Conservation and Development (TCD) program says, might be to
foster the livelihoods that the forests provide.
"In the western Amazon, we're seeing development that's
building on the cultures of forest people people who have
lived in the region for generations and have a unique understand-
ing of how to manage it," she notes.
Students in the TCD program are taught to empower those
who best understand the forests to better interact with corpora-
tions and governments. The program's alumni have moved on
to influential positions in Latin American governments, orga-
nizations and wildlife-conservation initiatives. One, Connie
Campbell, directs a $50 million Amazon-basin initiative for the
United States Agency for International Development. Another
alumnus, Claudio Padua, was TIME magazine's conserva-
tion hero in 2002 for his work in the Amazon. Padua and his
wife, Suzana, also an alumna of UF's Center for Latin American
Studies, founded Brazil's Institute for Ecological Research.
"We have people in key places," Schmink says of the program's
graduates about a third of them are from Latin American or
Caribbean nations. "Many of them have gone on to become lead-
ers in their countries."
At UF, students learn the importance of interdisciplinary coop-
eration in addressing the region's problems.
"People concerned with applying academic knowledge to
solve real-world problems know working across disciplines is
essential," she explains. "Some of our students come from a
conservation background, some from human rights or poverty
fields. We bring them together. They do team projects together,
put on workshops for each other. That gives them the ability to
communicate with people outside their disciplines who don't
have the same background."
One of the program's initiatives is building up fledgling mas-
ter's programs and proposed doctorate programs at Latin
American universities. Schmink hopes the effort will lead to
opportunities for cooperative research with UF students.
"We think of it not just in terms of training individual students,
but investing in a learning network," she says.
Florida Tomorrow is a day
when all students are prepared to become hemispheric leaders.
Mornings in UF's summer abroad program in Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil, are like other overseas' study programs, with students in a
classroom learning a foreign language. In the afternoon, however,
students trade the classroom for the high rises and boardrooms of
leading Latin American businesses.
It's that access to companies that makes the UF Business in Brazil
program special, claims Ed Johnson, who studied in Brazil while
working on his dual MBA and master's in Latin American Studies.
"It set my career path," he says.
With that hands-on experience to complement his UF degrees,
Johnson landed a job with an Atlanta-based firm where he con-
sults with clients from throughout Latin America.
Michael Ford had a similar experience. After completing the Rio
de Janeiro program and earning a master's in international busi-
ness, he was accepted into the prestigious Management Associate
Program at the global financial services company Citigroup.
"I owe my acceptance [into the program] in no small part to my
experience with the Center for Latin American Studies," he says.
The experience and knowledge students receive do more than
open doors in the business world. The Center's mission is to train
Latin Americanists to deal with emerging issues in the region.
The slate of study abroad programs that UF offers mirrors the
Center's focus on reaching across disciplines. Other programs
highlight topics such as law, urban planning, forestry, Portuguese
and Spanish languages, culture and grassroots development.
It's that interdisciplinary focus, professors and students in
UF's program insist, that sets the University of Florida apart in
the study of Latin America.
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that what happens in Latin America is important to the future
of the nation.
Gateway to Latin America
When businesses executives want to learn more about Latin
America Florida's leading trade partner and the source of
500,000 jobs in the state they turn to UF's Terry McCoy and the
Latin American Business Environment program he directs.
The program is a vital resource for companies and govern-
ments doing business both inside and outside of Florida. Each
year, McCoy and his team produce an annual report that ana-
lyzes trends in Latin America's business and investment climate.
The report presents university research on 18 major economies in
Latin America in a user-friendly package.
"We're taking what the university knows and translating this
knowledge into a format and language that is easily accessible for
businesses and communities," McCoy says.
The report is just one of the ways in which the Center for Latin
American Studies is on the cutting edge of research on the region.
Its location in Florida gives the Center, which recently celebrated
its 75th anniversary, a major advantage in dealing with and under-
standing Latin America.
"In many ways, when people in Latin America think of the
U.S., they think of Florida," McCoy says.
As a gateway state for trade, transportation and tourism from
Latin America, Florida leads in business relations with the region.
The Center for Latin American Studies makes the most of that
relationship, fostering ongoing research connections as well as
study abroad and career opportunities for its graduates.
Florida is also a gateway for Latin American immigration,
another area where UF research comes to the fore. The Center's
projects, which include a three-year study focusing on Brazilian,
Guatemalan and Mexican immigrants in Florida, addresses the
hot-button issue with research into ethnic and race relations and
the immigrant experience. Another research and training pro-
gram, Crime, Law and Governance in the Americas, addresses
other issues of common concern in the U.S. and Latin America.
"As the process of globalization continues, barriers will drop to
trade, travel and communication," McCoy says. "Latin America
and Florida are only going to get closer."
Our Vision of Tomorrow
The University of Florida's Center for Latin American Studies
is in a unique position to serve as a bridge between the United
States and its neighbors to the south. Indeed, ever since UF
President John Tigert announced in June 1930 that our univer-
sity would be the first to create a research center to focus on Latin
America, we have embraced our roles as ambassador, liaison, stu-
dent, teacher and researcher.
It makes sense that the University of Florida invest in such rela-
tionships with Latin America. Florida itself rests on the threshold
of the Caribbean and South America. The state's Spanish heritage
is deep. Its Spanish-speaking population is large.
Here at the Center for Latin American Studies, we take our mis-
sion seriously: "to advance knowledge about Latin America and
the Caribbean and its people throughout the Hemisphere, and
to enhance the scope and quality of research, teaching, and out-
reach in Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies at the
University of Florida." That's a tall order. But we're confident
that with the help of philanthropists who share that vision, UF's
Center for Latin American Studies will be a world-class program,
one of top 10 in United States.
To achieve that, we must:
> Attract and retain top professors through endowed chairs
and professorships and faculty research grants;
> Foster cross-campus, inter- and multidisciplinary research
and training programs, which bring together faculty,
students and partner institutions in Latin America;
> Recruit top graduate students through competitive
The Center for Latin American Studies has a long history of
contributions both in terms of education and service. We
believe that Latin America and the Caribbean are vital for the
future of Florida, and UF's Center for Latin American Studies
is playing a crucial role in training the specialized labor force
and educated citizenry required by economic and political inter
dependence. But we can accomplish so much more. We look
forward to the challenges and opportunities tomorrow will
bring, and we are steadfast in our commitment to set the stan-
dard for Latin American studies.
That aspiration, with your help, is within reach. Together, we
can make a positive impact now and continue to touch lives for
generations to come. Your support of the Florida Tomorrow cam-
paign will provide the tools to make that possible.
We invite you to join the Center for Latin American Studies in
making our shared vision of Florida Tomorrow a reality.
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