Our Mission

The mission of ISLA is to actively promote and nurture the interdisciplinary study of Latin America – its languages, literature, arts, and cultures; its politics, societies, and economies; its geography and environment – on the Baruch campus. Based in the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences (WSAS), ISLA aims to engage Baruch’s students, faculty, staff, and alumni and our local community in academic, co-curricular, and public programming that enhances the understanding and appreciation of this vital world region. 

ISLA Honors Valentín Lizana y Parragué

ISLA is made possible by the generosity of Mrs. Hedwig Feit, whom we thank for her longstanding commitment to Baruch and its students, and is dedicated to the memory of her beloved grandfather, Valentín Lizana y Parragué.

A progressive and liberal thinker, Valentín Lizana y Parragué, of Chile, sought to improve the life of the poor through social programs, education, and land reform. His strong sense of patriotism and humanitarianism meant that he always put the needs of others above his own.

Meet the Staff 

Dr. Stephanie R. Golob
Director, Initiative for the Study of Latin America
Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Political Science​
Faculty Advisor, Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) Minor and
Affiliated Faculty, Department of Black and Latinx Studies (BLS)

Diego Gonzalez
Coordinator of Student Affairs for the Initiative of the Study of Latin America
BA’22, Percy E. Sutton SEEK Program


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