News & Events

Free Quechua class November 19


October 31, 2019

Come and join instructor Norma Ledesma  on the 19th of November for the final free Quechua class this semester!   UCF students are exploring Latin American cultures this Hispanic Heritage Month with free weekly Quechua language classes. Spanish instructor Norma Ledesma began teaching the classes Tuesday, Sept. 10, and will be teaching them every Tuesday until the end of the semester. Quechua is a language spoken by over 10 million people across the central Andes Mountains in... Read More

LAS Alumni Stefanie Babb


October 31, 2019

Stefanie Babb graduated from UCF in December 2018, with a BA in History, a BA in Latin American Studies, and a minor in Spanish. She currently works as a technical writer for a software development company in St. Petersburg, Florida. Here is what Stefanie had to say about her Latin American Studies BA: “If I could write an email to my past self, when first embarking on my Latin American Studies degree, I’d tell myself that I would be surprised at the opportunities I would gain from this... Read More

LIA Youth Conference


May 26, 2019

Latinos In Action is a program that offers an asset-based approach to bridging the graduation and opportunity gap for Latino students, working from within the educational system to create positive change and the end goal of this organization is to empower Latino youth to lead and strengthen their communities through college and career readiness. That is why UCF and LIA partnered this year and LIA hosted their first annual LIA Youth Conference in our campus. Gabriella Coelho and Alina... Read More

LAS Alumna Amanda Osorio


March 27, 2019

It has been seven months since graduating from UCF with my BA in Latin American Studies and Humanities and Cultural Studies. Since then I have been working with some great people and an even better organization. I am currently working at a nonprofit in Wimauma called Enterprising Latinas as a Economic Opportunity Assistant to the Director of Economic Prosperity. At our center we promote access, agency and assets towards Latinas. We provide many services like English classes, Certified... Read More

LAS in Action – December


January 30, 2019

My name is Chelsea Lane and I am 24 years old. I am working on my Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in Latin American Studies. I am a single mother and I work full-time at a non-profit organization for youth in foster care. This is the gratitude tree at my job, Embrace Families. This tree has handprints from many youth in foster who felt there were many times it was hard to be grateful; this tree can give anyone a burst of gratitude, seeing the strengths that these youth hold. I, myself am a... Read More

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