The UF Latin American Studies Alumni Board is made up of alumni who have focused on Latin America during their studies at UF or in their professional careers after graduating from UF. The mission of the UF Latin American Studies Alumni Board is to cultivate stronger relationships between Latin American Studies alumni and the Center, enhance the quantity and quality of the Center’s program offerings, build the prestige of the Center both nationally and internationally, and assist in acquiring the resources needed to accomplish those goals.
LAS Alumni Board Members
President: José Sariego (BS 1977)
Vice President: Steven Keats (BA/Certificate 1977)
Secretary: Meredith Fensom (JD/MALAS 2004)
Charlie Daniel (BS/MS/Certificate 1982)
Kyle Doherty (MALAS 2011)
Aimee Green (MALAS)
Adrian Martinez (MALAS 1991)
Chris Maxfield (MALAS 1985)
Suzana Padua (MALAS 2004)
Francisco Santeiro (BS 1977)
LAS Alumni Association
In addition to the Alumni Board, LAS alumni can join the Alumni Association as a way to stay engaged with the Center and informed of Center events. We are always looking for alumni to participate in Center-organized business symposia and career workshops on campus, to consider mentoring current students, and to help organize alumni events in their own area.
Please contact Philip Williams, Center Director, if you are interested in serving on the LAS Alumni Board or joining the LAS Alumni Association.
Please send your news for inclusion in the Center’s newsletter and on our website by completing the Alumni Update Form. Address changes can also be submitted via this form and you can indicate if you would like to join the LAS Alumni Board or receive the Center’s newsletter, The Latinamericanist, in print or e-mail form.
Contributing to the Center
The Center is dependent on alumni support to maintain and enhance its exceptional, multidisciplinary programming for the next generation of Latinamericanists. During UF’s annual appeal, please consider earmarking your tax-deductible contribution to the Center for Latin American Studies. The LAS Alumni Board created the Graduate Student Travel Fund in response to the lack of travel funding for graduate students to present papers at professional meetings or to complete internships. To make a donation to this fund or to the Center’s unrestricted fund, which supports so many of the Center’s special activities, visit Contributing to the Center.
Recognizing the importance of internships to students’ professional training and future careers, the Alumni Board is developing a network of interested alums to create new opportunities for UF students. Previously, the LABE program had two corporate-sponsored paid internships, through Prudential Real Estate Investors in Brazil (the result of a $75,000 grant) and through Motorola. If you currently hold a position with an organization that focuses on Latin American issues and that can sponsor student interns (paid or unpaid), whether in the US or Latin America, the Center is very interested in learning about these opportunities. Please contact the Center’s Associate Director for Outreach and LABE, Mary Risner, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gator Latin American Career Network on LinkedIn
This group has been started to connect Gators through new and existing professional networks. We hope you will reach out to others working in or with Latin America by posting job and internship opportunities as well as career events that you know of or that you manage. To join the group you must have a LinkedIn account. Once you have set up your account, submit a request to join the University of Florida Latin American Career Network.