The Latin American Business Environment (LABE) program sponsors undergraduate and graduate courses that provide students with the interdisciplinary skills to analyze the domestic and international factors that influence the business and investment climate in Latin America. The program also serves the general public and business community through speaking engagements and publications. The former Director of LABE and Professor Emeritus, Terry McCoy, is a political scientist and distinguished Latin Americanist with extensive knowledge of the business and investment conditions in Latin America. Brian Gendreau, a faculty member in the Department of Finance Insurance & Real Estate, is the current Specialization Coordinator. Mary Risner, the Associate Director, specializes in business language and the role of culture in the international business environment. LABE works closely with the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at UF's Warrington College of Business Administration.
- Monitor the economic, social and political events that affect business in Latin America for dissemination to the academic and business communities.
- Promote the interdisciplinary approach of area studies through coursework in business, economics, language, and culture.
- Provide study abroad and internship opportunities.
- Prepare students to perform effectively in the constantly changing and competitive global marketplace.