Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

LLILAS Benson Summer Academy

LLILAS Benson Summer Academy

The inaugural LLILAS Benson Summer Academy for pre-college students will take place online during the week of June 21–25, 2021. The academy, which is tuition-free, is open to high school students, with preference for sophomores and juniors. All events are organized and hosted by LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections.

Apply for the Latin American Studies Summer Academy
Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

During the Summer Academy, you will participate in interactive workshops and events to introduce you to Latin American Studies (LAS) at UT Austin. You’ll meet other high school students from around Texas, as well as LAS majors, faculty, and alumni of our program who are making a difference in the world.

View our Summer Academy Week-at-a-Glance

Latin American Studies is an interdisciplinary major at The University of Texas at Austin, offering courses in history, government, Black diaspora studies, literature, Spanish and Portuguese, geography, journalism, and more. Many people double major in LAS and another subject they love.

The Summer Academy is sponsored in part by HEB, and by the Hispanic Faculty Staff Association at UT Austin.

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Summer Academy Week-at-a-Glance

The 2021 Summer Academy will be held on Zoom from 1 to 5 p.m. on Monday, June 21, through Friday, June 25. Activities will include: 

• Welcome to Latin American Studies
• Presentations from UT Financial Aid and UT Admissions staff (in English and Spanish; parents welcome!)
• Information about Liberal Arts at UT Austin
• Latin America Trivia Session

• Latin American History talk
• Study Abroad presentation by director of Texas Global
• Foreign Language and Area Studies info session
• Portuguese Flagship info session

• Intro to Latin American Politics
• Intro to the Benson Latin American Collection
• Intro to Brazilian Portuguese
• Group Activity: Latin American Lotería

• UT student presentation
• Team-building activity
• Special project work
• Virtual study abroad: Capoeira (a Brazilian martial art)

• LLILAS undergraduate internships
• Why Latin American Studies? Q&A with current students
• Presentations of group projects

What Can I Do with a Latin American Studies Major?

Ana Vidina Hernandez

Ana Vidina Hernandez

Meet Ana Vidina Hernandez, a former LLILAS major who combines Latin American Studies with Social Work in her job as Program Coordinator at Girasol Texas. Ana graduated from UT Austin with her bachelor’s in Latin American Studies and History in 2015, and earned her MA in Latin American Studies and MS in Social Work in 2018, also at UT Austin. 

“The LLILAS undergraduate degree gave me the opportunity to learn about the history and contemporary contexts of Latin American countries, understand the perspectives of different disciplines—such as history, sociology, and anthropology—and explore my own heritage. Without the support of LLILAS, I would not have had the opportunity to study abroad in Nicaragua. Connecting with faculty and students throughout campus who were affiliated with LLILAS made me feel that I was part of a larger academic community and helped me explore future career options. As a result, I was able to start Girasol Texas, a program that focuses on immigrant justice and mental health. Using my background in Latin American Studies, I am able to approach my work with an understanding of diversity within and beyond Latin America, and with a deep appreciation of the contexts of Latinx immigrants in the United States.”

  • Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

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