2007.11.06 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
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OLLAS Receives Two Grants to Further Local and Latin American Work on Migrant Organizations
Omaha - The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) has been awarded two national grants totaling $209,000 to further its work on immigrant integration and civic engagement across borders. The grants were awarded by the Ford Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Funding will support projects concerned with understanding the development, as well as international impact, of migrant-led organizations based in Nebraska and Iowa and that have ties to Mexico and Guatemala. The project is informed by a wealth of research suggesting that, contrary to public opinion, immigrant integration to U.S society is facilitated, rather than impeded, by migrants’ ongoing engagement with their communities of origin.
OLLAS director and co-principal investigator Lourdes Gouveia said the two projects are closely connected and together will serve to “to assist immigrants and migrant-led organizations to further develop their capacity to participate in fundamental policy decisions concerned with a whole host of issues affecting their lives and the lives of their communities.” The project will benefit from OLLAS’ extensive network in Latin America and collaborative relationships established with local community organizers who have unsurpassed knowledge about Guatemalan and Mexican communities among others.
OLLAS was established in 2003 as a center that would contribute new knowledge and understanding of Latino and Latin American communities and migrants within the state and across regional, national and international borders. OLLAS offers a major in Latino/Latin American Studies and a minor in Chicano/Latino Studies.
For questions contact Lourdes Gouveia at (402) 554-3835 or visit www.unomaha.edu/ollas for more information about OLLAS.
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