Penn in Latin America & the Caribbean (PLAC)

Penn’s relationship with the countries of Latin America & the Caribbean stretches back nearly two centuries. Today, Penn students have a wealth of opportunities to engage with Latin America & the Caribbean both in the region and on campus, and faculty from across multiple disciplines are collaborating to produce innovative research on this vitally important part of the world. Learn more about Penn's engagement in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Penn's efforts in the region are bolstered by a cross-campus, interdisciplinary group, made up of faculty and administrators, the Penn in Latin America and Caribbean (PLAC) Steering Committee. Together, members of this diverse group seek to foster and highlight engagement in the region by organizing annual symposia and workshops, supporting student opportunities like the Pulitzer International Reporting Student Fellowship, and facilitating networking opportunities among colleagues whose work focuses on Latin America and the Caribbean. 

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Who We Are

Since 2015 we have collaborated across campus to organize a number of events, including conferences, symposia, and information sessions for student opportunities.  PLAC is led by a Steering Committee with diverse membership.  If you are interested in helping to guide our efforts, please contact plac@upenn.edu.

What We Do

The PLAC Steering Committee seeks to deepen engagement in the region by organizing an annual convening for the Penn community to share their work and connect with colleagues, and by partnering with the Pulitzer Center and Penn Global to offer opportunities for students to become Pulitzer International Reporting Student Fellows. 

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Penn in Latin America & the Caribbean (PLAC) Symposium

Each year, the PLAC Steering Committee partners with schools, centers, and departments across campus to bring together the Penn community to highlight Penn work in Latin America and the Caribbean, and to promote interaction and collaboration among all who attend. The interdiscipinary symposium often features research presentations, keynote conversations, and panel discussions focusing on a broad issue impacting the region. Thematic foci in years past have included: 

  • Right, Left, Right: U-Turns and their Impact in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Governmental and Regional Public Health Responses to Emergent Threats in Latin America 
  • Health in Latin America and the Caribbean: Equity, Access and Innovation 

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Pulitzer International Reporting Student Fellowship

Made possible by a partnership between Penn and the Pulitzer Center, the Pulitzer International Reporting Student Fellowship in Latin America and the Caribbean offers a special opportunity for Penn students to raise awareness of underreported issues in the region through direct support for quality journalism across all media platforms and a unique program of education and public outreach.

Learn More

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Penn in Latin America & the Caribbean (PLAC) Symposium

Each year, the PLAC Steering Committee partners with schools, centers, and departments across campus to bring together the Penn community to highlight Penn work in Latin America and the Caribbean, and to promote interaction and collaboration among all who attend. The interdiscipinary symposium often features research presentations, keynote conversations, and panel discussions focusing on a broad issue impacting the region. Thematic foci in years past have included: 

  • Right, Left, Right: U-Turns and their Impact in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Governmental and Regional Public Health Responses to Emergent Threats in Latin America 
  • Health in Latin America and the Caribbean: Equity, Access and Innovation 

Learn More

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Pulitzer International Reporting Student Fellowship

Made possible by a partnership between Penn and the Pulitzer Center, the Pulitzer International Reporting Student Fellowship in Latin America and the Caribbean offers a special opportunity for Penn students to raise awareness of underreported issues in the region through direct support for quality journalism across all media platforms and a unique program of education and public outreach.

Learn More

How to Connect

There are a number of ways to connect with us and our efforts, whether you are interested in joining the PLAC Steering Committee or engaging with our campus partners who help guide our efforts to bolster engagement in the region.