Penn in Latin America and the Caribbean (PLAC) Initiative

5th Annual Penn in Latin America & the Caribbean Symposium

Postponed

Due to complications arising from COVID-19, the 2020 PLAC Symposium has been postponed until further notice. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

We will update this site with our revised Agenda and registration link once the Symposium rescheduling has been finalized.

Pulitzer Center International Reporting Student Fellowship Opportunity

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is an innovative award-winning non-profit journalism organization dedicated to supporting in-depth engagement with underreported global affairs through sponsorship of quality international journalism across all media platforms and a unique program of outreach and education to schools and universities.

The Pulitzer Campus Consortium is a network of universities and community colleges that support in-person campus visits by Pulitzer Center journalists and international reporting fellowships for students.  Penn students have the opportunity to expand their global education by applying for one of these fellowships.  Support is provided by the Pulitzer Center, Penn Global, the Middle East Center (MEC), the South Asia Center (SAC), and Penn in Latin America and the Caribbean (PLAC).  All current full-time Penn students, undergraduate and graduate (excluding PhD), returning in the same full-time status in the fall, are eligible to apply.  

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM AND HOW TO APPLY

Previous PLAC Conferences

Learn about previous PLAC Conferences. 

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4th PLAC Conference (2018)

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3rd PLAC Conference (2017)

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2nd PLAC Conference (2016)

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Inaugural PLAC Conference (2015)

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4th PLAC Conference (2018)

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3rd PLAC Conference (2017)

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2nd PLAC Conference (2016)

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Inaugural PLAC Conference (2015)

History & Background

In the fall of 2014, the School of Nursing, under the newly appointed Dean, Dr. Antonia Villarruel, reached out to representatives from Schools across the Penn campus to gauge interest in forming the Penn in Latin America and the Caribbean group.  The strong positive response led to a meeting on December 15, 2014.  More than 60 individuals from eight Penn Schools, the Perry World House, Penn Global, the University of Pennsylvania Health System, and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia were in attendance.

In the years since, the University of Pennsylvania, led by an interdisciplinary team from across campus, hosts an annual "PLAC" conference to showcase the depth and breadth of institutional and faculty engagement in the region. Learn more about the PLAC conferences below.

PLAC Steering Committee

A Penn in Latin America & the Caribbean (PLAC) Steering Committee was formed, comprised of over ten representatives from across the University of Pennsylvania.