The mission of the UCLA Luskin Latin American Cities Initiative is to develop and deepen knowledge networks among students, educators, and professionals in the arena of urban planning and policy in South, Central, and North America. At present, its scope covers three groups of activities:
1) teaching and public events at UCLA and Casa de California in Mexico City
2) connecting with and coordinating academic and professional networks to enhance the knowledge base in urban planning and policy
3) individual student research and internships.
The teaching will feature an annual speaker series – bringing scholars and practitioners from Latin America to UCLA – under the umbrella of a seminar course, and multiple courses on cities in Latin America including a studio course in which students will travel to Latin America to carry out research. Additionally, we will organize a symposium at the Casa de California in Mexico City in the Spring Quarter to highlight student work and solidify connections with professional and academic networks.
At present, we are focusing on identifying and establishing connections with academic and professional networks across the region, and beginning to invite scholars from Latin America to UCLA. As the initiative grows, we will seek to serve as a networking and information portal for groups and individuals. and to fund collaborative research projects.
Finally, the initiative will sponsor travel to Latin America for some UCLA student capstone projects and summer internships, which focus on areas of thematic interest for the initiative or have exceptional promise. We also seek to connect UCLA Luskin students with counterparts at universities in Latin America to promote collaborative projects.