LLILAS Launches New Professional Development Seminars
Posted: January 6, 2010
UT Provost Steven Leslie speaks at June 2008 binational education meeting
LLILAS announces 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 twenty to thirty 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 to build and strengthen relationships with the business and professional communities in Latin America and the U.S., including the private sector, government agencies, and NGOs. In March 2010, LLILAS hosts the president, provost, and thirty 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. Marco Muñoz, Assistant Director for Development and Special Projects, who created and oversees the new LLILAS program, says, “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. 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.