The Latin American Network Initiative (LANI) is a student-run initiative created in 2013 by a group of students of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) to promote the presence of Latin America through academic, social, and professional activities within IHEID.
Our goal is to reinforce the network between students, professors, professionals, and organizations in Geneva that are interested in the region through dialogue opportunities, interaction scenarios, and the proliferation of Latin-American voices at the Graduate Institute.
In order to strengthen that, LANI hosts and promotes academic and cultural events relevant to Latin-America such as conferences, presentations with academic and professional personalities, Cine-Club debates, and popular parties, among other various activities throughout the year.
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With a sizeable 15% of IHEID students hailing from Latin America, students noticed the under-representation of this region in regard to academic, social and professional activities. In order to address the issue, a group of motivated students seeking to cultivate an increased interest in the region founded LANI during the Fall of 2013.
LANI has expanded ever since. Currently, 5 students form LANI’s Executive Board and over 35 collaborate with the initiative on a regular basis. We have meetings every 15 days to debrief on the activities we have hosted and discuss the following ones.
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 also relevant figures based outside of Switzerland to enrich the activities offered to the student body.
We take pride in being recognized as one of the most active and professional student initiatives of the Graduate Institute.
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Karen Chica Gomez (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Matheus Fontes (email@example.com)
Pedro Cayul (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ailin Benitez (email@example.com)
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