Contact: Theo Crevenna, 277-2961
Carolyn Gonzales, 277-5920

August 1, 2001

UNM TO SIGN AGREEMENT WITH THE ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES

The University of New Mexico is one of just six U.S. institutions selected by the Organization of American States (OAS) to receive Latin American graduate students as part of the Americas Leadership Fellowship Program.

UNM President William C. Gordon and Provost Brian Foster signed the official agreement on Thursday, Aug. 2 at 8:45 a.m. in the President's Conference Room, Scholes Hall Room 153. The document was forwarded to the OAS for their signatures. Also attending were Vice President for Student Affairs Eliseo "Cheo" Torres, Vice Provost for Research Terry Yates and Interim Director for the Latin American and Iberian Institute (LAII) William Stanley.

The agreement between the OAS, through and for the Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development (IACD) and UNM, is an opportunity for UNM to share in receiving some of the 1,000 Latin American graduate students who will be attending select universities under the Americas Leadership Fellowship Program. Additionally, UNM will award AMIGO scholarships or provide assistantships to selected candidates, thereby lowering the tuition costs from out-of-state to in-state rates. IACD will pay the in-state tuition and university fees.

"We are trying to increase both the number of graduate students and Latin American students attending the University of New Mexico. Through this agreement, we will accomplish these goals," says Theo Crevenna, deputy director of the LAII. He adds that students apply for the fellowship with OAS/IACD and also apply for admission to UNM.

The agreement states, in part, that the IACD has launched the Americas Leadership Fellowship Program to expand educational opportunities in the Americas through a consortium of universities in support of that undertaking and that UNM has been indicated by past OAS fellowship recipients as a preferred place of study.

"An additional benefit is that information about UNM will be accessible from the OAS website," says Crevenna.

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