College of Liberal Arts

Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies launches new professional development seminars

Wed, Jan 13, 2010

The Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) has announced a new professional development seminar program offering short-term workshops in law, education, communications, politics and energy. The seminars are designed for professionals from Latin America who want to gain a U.S. or U.S.–Latin American perspective in these fields, and for U.S. professionals seeking a fuller understanding of Latin America.

The core of the program is the diversity of its speakers and its small class size. Seminars average 20-30 participants, allowing extensive time for direct interaction with speakers. Speakers come from a wide variety of backgrounds: University of Texas faculty, state government officials, entrepreneurs, directors of nonprofits, and state and federal judges, to name a few. The seminars are customized to meet the specific needs of participants so that attendees can derive the maximum benefit from their time spent in Austin.

The new program reaches beyond The University of Texas at Austin to build and strengthen relationships with the business and professional communities in Latin America and the United States, including the private sector, government agencies, and non-government organizations. In March 2010, LLILAS hosts the president, provost, and 30 deans from the Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas in northern Mexico for a three-day seminar on strategic planning in higher education. Participants will meet with curriculum experts in the College of Education, officials in state government, and educators from the Austin Independent School District about innovative programs that they can take back with them to implement in Mexico.

LLILAS aims to become the leading provider of Latin American content for professional development in the United States.

“Very few professional development programs in the U.S. offer training for Latin Americans or people from the U.S. who need to understand Latin America better," said Marco Muñoz, assistant director for development and special projects, who created and oversees the new LLILAS program. "We’re providing a service that we believe will become increasingly relevant to our region in the coming years as the U.S. and Latin America continue to build trade and cultural ties.”

For more information about the LLILAS Professional Development Seminars, contact Marco Muñoz.

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