The Latin America Network Initiative (LANI) is a students’ initiative dedicated to the promotion of Latin America in the Graduate Institute.
Our purpose is to form a bridge between the academic and professional communities, creating scenarios for dialogue and interaction. Furthermore, LANI aims to be a source of information and support to students interested in researching about or working with/in Latin America.
At the Graduate Institute, LANI aims to act as a facilitator. We aim to enhance the presence of Latin America by academic debates concerning the region, organizing events, and promoting partnerships with institutions in and out of Latin America
With a sizeable 15% of IHEID students hailing from Latin America, LANI recognized the under-representation of this region in regard to academic, social and professional activities. During Fall 2013, a group of motivated students seeking to cultivate increased interest in the region founded LANI.
Ever since, LANI has expanded. Currently, 6 students form LANI’s Executive Board and over 15 collaborate with the initiative on a regular basis. This semester, LANI’s board started holding regular meetings every 15 days-
During spring semester 2014, LANI has striven to expand its partnerships with Geneva’s International community. We are happy to say that we have successfully reached out to different Latin American missions in Geneva and we expect to further expand our partnerships during the fall semester.
Summary of Events
Around the World in 80 Plates – Multicultural Night
Movie Night – Motorcycle Diaries
Movie Night and Debate – Xingu
Debate Político – Human Rights and Security: the Case of Mexico
La Rumba Saborosa – LANI’s launching and fundraising event
During fall semester, LANI reached out to the Latin American Missions in Geneva. We have held meetings with the Brazilian’s Mission to the UN and WTO, with the El Salvadorian Mission to the UN, the Colombian Embassy and Mission to the UN and with the Peruvian Mission to the UN. We currently have meetings scheduled with the Mexican Mission and we shall me meeting the Ecuadorian mission soon.
In addition, we hold a meeting with members of the IHEID administration to address the presence of Latin America at the Institute and the plans to expand the number of partnerships with universities in the region and of Latin American visiting professors and scholars. We have also met with different professors to present LANI and discuss future plans.
For the next semester, LANI is planning to organize a number of conferences with prominent Latin American representatives and organizations and to continue with our movie nights and Debates Políticos. Moreover, we aim to promote cultural and social events.
Furthermore, LANI aims to enhance its partnerships and continue to network with the professors and the IHEID administrations. LANI also aims to involve the new students in the coming semester and organize welcome activities (TBD).