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MDC’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Initiatives Teams up with Miami International Press Association to Host Panel on Argentina and Brazil

MIPA panel

Miami, September 9, 2011 - The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Initiatives (CLACI) at Miami Dade College (MDC), in collaboration with the Miami International Press Association (MIPA), hosted a panel discussion today with international journalists and representatives from the local consular offices of Argentina and Brazil at the College’s Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami.

The panel focused on Argentina and Brazil’s current affairs and their respective commercial ties to South Florida. With Argentina in particular, there was a focus on the recent regional and federal elections. The talk on Brazil centered on the country’s economic advances, commercial policy and economic future.

“This is the ideal city for an organization like MIPA to carry out its mission,” said Dr. Rolando Montoya, MDC provost. “We are the link between the U.S. and Latin America. In a way, Bolivar’s Pan-American aspirations have become a reality in Miami and at Miami Dade College, where so many nationalities share the Spanish language and live in harmony, liberty, and democracy.”  

MIPA gathers journalists from international media outlets based in Miami-Dade County who cover a diversity of stories about the Americas that are of interest to the world. Its mission is to promote fellowship among international and regional journalists in Miami, as well as the defense of free expression and the highest standards of journalistic practice.

“We are grateful to Miami Dade College for their hospitality as MIPA starts its works in this cosmopolitan city. Thanks to all the foreign correspondents here today, the world often knows what transpires in Latin America, and this new organization identifies us in this important task of ours," said Tim Padgett, Miami & Latin America Bureau Chief for TIME Magazine.

In addition to hosting thought-provoking discussions, CLACI strives to promote the interdisciplinary exploration of the politics, governments, history, economics, and culture of Latin America and the Caribbean through policy and cultural programs. The Center also encourages vibrant student interactions by taking advantage of Miami as a strategic platform for Latin American and Caribbean affairs, as well as using the entire range of available social media technologies.

For more information about MDC’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Initiatives, please contact Carlos Barrezueta at or 305-237-3944.


Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

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