About The Latin America Initiative

The mission of the Latin America Initiative is to provide a forum that fosters a better understanding of the cultures, economies, histories and contemporary affairs of Latin America. Through its main programs — the Americas Project and the Vecinos Lecture Series — the Latin America Initiative brings together leading stakeholders from government, the private sector, academia and civil society to exchange their views on pressing issues confronting the region. Additionally, this initiative sponsors research, publications and regular forums addressing social, political and economic aspects of the hemisphere, as well as of the relationships between Latin American countries and the United States.

The Americas Project brings together young leaders throughout the Americas to foster an informed and open debate on issues critical to the peoples of the Western Hemisphere.

The Vecinos Lecture Series, part of our public outreach to the Houston community and beyond, brings renowned authors, policymakers and other high-level speakers to address a variety of important topics related to Latin America.