News & Events

LAS Alumna Aned Ladino


November 13, 2018

Aned Ladino is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Spanish with an emphasis in Latin American literature. Her thesis, “Hibridación y subversión de arquetipos femeninos latinoamericanos en Alfonsina Storni, Gabriela Mistral y Silvina Ocampo” proposes that the authors participated in a worldwide transformation that established women as historical agents, and their hybrid narrative challenged heteronormative conventions. Aned is the former president of the Spanish Graduate Association... Read More

LAS in Action – November


November 13, 2018

Lynda Hoyos interned at the US Department of State/EducationUSA office in Santiago, Chile in Summer 2018. She worked with Chilean scholars, who are headed to the US to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees at universities throughout the US. In her own words, Lynda described her experiences, “My internship abroad to Chile with EducationUSA, has enhanced my educational experience and has given me insight on potential future endeavors. I was fortunate enough to work with an amazing director,... Read More

LAS in Action – October


October 29, 2018

Audrey Tavera is a Global Ambassador for Duolingo Portuguese/Spanish. Global Ambassadors are volunteers of the Duolingo language learning community, who are chosen to help promote free language learning. Audrey volunteers for the "Duolingo Events" as a host. She organizes and hosts events where learners are invited to come and practice their conversational skills in the language that they are learning. As a host for the Orlando-Portuguese and Orlando-Spanish chapters at Duolingo, she meets... Read More

LAS Grant Award


October 3, 2018

The US Department of Education (DOE) awarded the Latin American Studies (LAS) program a grant of $184,000 to enhance its LAS degree programs. The grant, America: Believing in Cultural Diversity will develop 9 new projects throughout Latin America and the Caribbean providing students with new opportunities to expand their knowledge of Latin America through short term programs, internships, and in-service programs. The new grant builds on a former US DOE grant for $148,000, America: Bridging the... Read More

LAS in Action – September


September 20, 2018

The Latin American Studies program has launched a new initiative this Fall semester to recognize the volunteer efforts of LAS students in the community.  Brittany Zengotita is the first LAS student to be recognized this fall for her contributions to the UCF community and Central Florida.  Brittany is pursuing a double major in Latin American Studies with CAH in addition to a BS degree in Biomedical Sciences with the College of Medicine.  Soon after completing the LAS Spanish Heritage study... Read More

Texts & Technology Core Faculty Natalie Underberg-Goode on the Portal to Peru


August 15, 2018

The Portal to Peru project presents and interprets Andean weaving from the region of Cusco, Peru. Working in collaboration with the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco (CTTC), the website offers multiple ways to learn about, experience, and appreciate Andean cultural heritage and the lives and work of Andean weavers. It is based on research conducted in Cusco, Peru in Summer 2017, including interviews with members of and archive data from the CTTC, and was developed over the 2017-2018... Read More

Nicole Reyes-Palma, Outreach Coordinator for Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy


March 19, 2018

Nicole Reyes-Palma is a proud Latina graduate from the University of Central Florida with a double major in Political Science and Latin American Studies. During her time at UCF she explored her career by attending conferences, being involved in the UCF Alumni Center as a staff assistant and signing up for a trip with the Latin American Department to Spain, Nerja and Morocco. She is a strong activist and advocate for civil rights and volunteerism.This path led her to apply for the UCF renowned... Read More

Nikki Hill Heading for Peru


March 9, 2018

Nikki Hill is currently working on her Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate at UCF to prepare her to teach English abroad. She interned at the binational center, Casa Thomas Jefferson (CTJ) in Brazil that offers TEFL classes to over 16,000 students. Nikki relates her experience at CTJ and will be participating at the binational center in Cusco, Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano, during Spring Break. My name is Nikki Hill. I am an aspiring ESL/EFL teacher, and I was... Read More

LAS Internships at Department of State/EducationUSA offices in Latin America


March 9, 2018

LAS is partnering with UCF’s Office of Experiential Learning to offer internships throughout Latin American.  Last year, students were placed at the EducationUSA offices in Brasilia, Brazil and Cusco, Peru.  Internship credit in LAS 3949/4949 is available for any student at UCF who is interested in participating in a major-related work experience in Latin America.  Students set learning objectives, write weekly journals, reflect on what they have learned, and receive an Employer Evaluation... Read More

LAS Alumna starts as News Reporter in Charlottesville


December 19, 2017

Desiree Montilla ’17 just started as a news reporter for CBS 19 News Charlottesville Newsplex in Charlottesville, Virgina. Desiree, who majored in broadcast journalism and minored in Latin American Studies, will be shooting, editing, and writing stories on issues facing the community in Charlottesville. While at UCF, Desiree was the recipient of the Latin American Studies U.S. Department of Education Award for the Spanish Heritage Program in Spain. She credits her mentor and Latin American... Read More