Welcome to the Center for U.S.-Latin America Initiatives’ web page!

The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) expands formally its presence and cooperation with Latin America, based on the interdisciplinary and applied approach used with Mexico through its Center for U.S. – Mexico Studies (CUSMS). Since the creation of CUSMS in 1995, UT Dallas has expanded its presence and cooperation within Latin America in such countries as Brazil, Colombia, and Peru.

The Center for U.S. – Latin America Initiatives (CUSLAI) will replicate the interdisciplinary and applied approach used with Mexico, reflecting the importance of Latin America to the United States and, specifically, to the northern portion of Texas, in the context of historical mutual understanding and co-existence.

CUSLAI will consolidate existence agendas between UT Dallas and Latin America higher educational institutions to offer mechanisms of communication and learning experiences for U.S. and Latin American scholars, researchers, and students in science, technology, management, social sciences, arts, and humanities.

As of Summer 2014, UT Dallas has extended its linkages with Latin American higher educational institutions such as the Organization of American States (OAS), University of Lima (UL – Peru), Universidade-Federal De Santa Maria (UFSM – Brazil), COLCIENCIAS and COLFUTURO (Colombia), Fundacion Ortega y Gasset (Argentina), Mexican Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT), Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM – Mexico), the University of Guanajuato (UG – Mexico), Center of Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV – Mexico), the University of Sonora (UNISON – Mexico), the Technological Institute of Saltillo (ITS – Mexico), the Research Center for Advanced Materials (CIMAV – Mexico). Other key players actively involved in the development of the UT Dallas-Mexico agenda have been the Fulbright Foundation, the Mexican Association for International Education (AMPEI), the Brockmann Foundation, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the Autonomous University of Yucatan (Mexico), the Autonomous University of Puebla (BUAP – Mexico), and the Carbonifera Region Higher Education Technological Institute (ITESRC – Mexico).

During the academic year 2013-14, 128 Latin American and Caribbean students were pursuing degrees at UT Dallas from such countries as Argentina, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela. Simultaneously, according to preliminary data, 76 UT Dallas students visited Latin American destinations such as Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, and Uruguay.

The consolidation of cross-national student and faculty mobility has created a new challenge to the UT Dallas community, through the creation and consolidation of bi-national research agendas. As an effort to bridge the gaps of knowledge between both U.S. and Latin America, bi-national workshops in nanotechnology y, biomathematics, materials science, software engineering and computer science, and art and technology have been organized by UT Dallas and its Mexican counterparts with the participation of many Latin American colleagues during the last eight academic years.

Given the current scope of the UT Dallas-Latin American agenda, beginning with the collaboration between UT Dallas and Mexico, we are thrilled to celebrate eighteen years of friendship and dialogue between UT Dallas and Mexico, while formalizing our collaboration and friendship with Latin America.

Thank you for visiting the web page of the Center for U.S. – Latin America Initiatives at The University of Texas at Dallas.


Monica Rankin