A message from our
Executive Director

This month at the Regional Office

Dear <<First Name>>,

As we welcome 46 new students to the Region for our internship and health programs and report on other Regional Office initiatives, let me take a moment to thank each and every one of you for making my last four years such a great experience. Over the next few months, I will be moving to a new position as Executive Director of DRCLAS in Cambridge. My time in the Region has been most rewarding. Above all, the rich network of friends, alumni, and program partners has made my time here nothing short of the best experience of my career. Best of all, my new position will give me the opportunity to continue to build on all the initiatives that we have started. I look forward to staying in close touch and continuing to contribute to our efforts in the Region. 


Ned Strong
DRCLAS Executive Director

ARTS@DRCLAS Overseas Harvard Faculty Series: Krzysztof Wodiczko

As part of the ARTS@DRCLAS overseas initiatives to broaden Harvard’s presence in the region, and in collaboration with the Design Lab of Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Professor in Residence of Art, Design, and the Public Domain at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), visited Chile to host a public lecture on his artist work and an interdisciplinary round table panel with artists, student movement leaders, and government representatives. During his visit, Professor Wodiczko also worked with UAI design students in a four-day workshop to develop interactive projects that were displayed at Santiago's emblematic Plaza Italia.

Professor Wodiczko's visit is part of the Designing for Civic Engagement: Instruments of Expression, Dialogue and Collective Critique research project, one of the twelve projects included in the 2013-14 Harvard-Chile Innovation Initiative, which provides start-up funds for collaborations between Harvard and Chilean colleagues for joint research and programs. This initiative is sponsored by Chile’s National Council for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT) and the Ministry of the Economy. 

Summer Programs in the Region

This summer, 46 Harvard undergraduates arrived in the Region to participate in the Summer internship Program (SIP) in Argentina, Chile and Peru, and the Health and Spanish Immersion Program (HSI) in Chile.

Through SIP, Harvard students participated in internships in private and public organizations in diverse fields such as education, finance, the arts, and human rights. In Argentina, students worked at Fundación Ambiente y Recursos NaturalesAsociación Conciencia, and Wingu, among other organizations. In Chile, students worked at AmCham, the Ministry of Education, and Teatro del Lago, among other sites, while in Peru, students had the opportunity to intern at Fundación Custer, Technoserve, and Fundades

Through HSI, Harvard pre-med students underwent a full Spanish-language immersion, through an incredible array of opportunities focused on medicine and public health in and around Santiago. Their activities included medical shadowings at public hospitals and clinics, presentations on public health issues in Chile, community service at health-related non-profit organizations, a medical Spanish class at Universidad Católica, and a three-day rural health immersion with students from Universidad de Chile. 

To enhance their cultural and linguistic experience, students in the SIP and HSI programs participated in a week-long orientation in Buenos Aires, Santiago, and Lima, lived with local host families, and took part of weekly DRCLAS-sponsored cultural excursions to Lujan, Valparaiso, and Huacachina, among other sites in Argentina, Chile, and Peru. In addition, Harvard Club of Chile President, Ellen Guidera, invited a group of students to spend the weekend at Ski Portillo. 

Recupera Chile: Advancing Child Mental Health and Development Services

As part of the Recupera Chile initiative, Barry Zuckerman Award winner, Dr. Elizabeth Peacock-Chambers traveled to Dichato, Chile to collaborate with local partners committed to the long-term recovery of the community destroyed by the February 2010 earthquake. The 2014-2015 school year marks the second year of continued programs of an innovative school partnership, “Educación Basada en la Realidad,” linking the Dichato elementary school with students from multiple departments at Universidad de Concepción, as well as family programs through the Ministry of Health, such as the “Nadie es Perfecto” parenting program. The programs, managed locally by Pilar del Canto and sponsored by the DRCLAS Regional Office and the Harvard-Chile Innovation Initiative, range from teacher training in curriculum development and behavior management, to weekly kinesthesiology classes and a summer-school program for local children. Dr. Peacock-Chambers, a Harvard-trained pediatrician, conducted interviews with key stakeholders in the community to gain feedback on new programs for children, as well as to identify remaining challenges 4 years after the earthquake. The Recupera Chile team also presented preliminary results of a needs assessment survey to the Ministry of Health and developed strategic goals for future interventions.

In other Recupera Chile news, Matthew Stoldhanske, Recupera Chile Senior Research Fellow, spent three weeks in Cobquecura in June, working closely with the local entrepreneurs who received economic development grants earlier this year. The purpose of his visit was to help the entrepreneurs spur their innovative initiatives: a construction model combining different professional services, a media communication strategy to congregate touristic services into one single platform to benefit all local providers, and an alternative health center with services available to tourists and the community at large. 

Chile: Opportunity and Growth

Americas Society/ Council of the Americas (AS/COA) and Chile’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted the ninth annual Latin American Cities Conference in Santiago on June 27. The conference was organized in collaboration with DRCLAS, Adolfo Ibañez School of Management, AmCham Chile, Bolsa de Comercio de Santiago, Columbia Global Centers, among other institutions. The conference featured key speakers from the government and business sectors, including Heraldo Muñoz, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Alberto Arenas, Minister of Finance. During the conference, speakers addressed Chile's economic forecast, growth prospects, and the country's increasingly important role in regional trade networks, facilitating discussions on the implications of the current reforms in various sectors of society.

Along with the conference, AS/COA organized a private luncheon on Women’s Economic Empowerment, inviting a multidisciplinary group of seventy Chilean and international professional women working in Chile. This served as an opportunity for them to exchange ideas and experiences as leaders, discuss the challenges of balancing other roles outside the workplace, and develop a strong network in Chile of professional women.

Political Economy Network

The first conference of the 2014 Red para el Estudio de la Economía Política de América Latina (REPAL) took place at the Universidad Católica de Chile in June. REPAL, an effort to address theoretical and practical issues in the political economy of Latin America, grew out of a UC-Harvard-MIT-Columbia joint effort last year, spearheaded by MIT’s Ben Ross Schneider. Harvard Kennedy School Professor Candelaria Garay, one of the featured speakers, provided a report entitled “Social Protection in Latin America”. Harvard Ph.D. student Leslie Finger presented her research on the influence of unions on education policy. A total of 55 academics representing institutions from throughout the Americas and Europe participated in the two-day event. REPAL 2014 was supported by the MIT Sloan Latin America Office and Universidad Católica.

DRCLAS Summer Programs in Colombia

For a third consecutive year, DRCLAS organized the Summer Internship Program (SIP) and the DRCLAS-UniAndes Pre-Med Program in Colombia. This year, seven Harvard undergraduates took part of these programs, spending the months of June and July in Bogotá. Through SIP, students participated in internships in well-known organizations and institutions such as SEMANA/verdadabierta.com and Asociación Nacional para la Superación de la Pobreza Extrema (ANSPE). Through the pre-med program, students deepened their understanding of the medical field by participating in clinical observations, taking classes at the Universidad de los Andes Medical School, and attending presentations about the Colombian health system.

Students in both programs participated in an orientation week in Bogotá, led by DRCLAS Regional Office Interim Program Director Marcela Rentería. During their orientation, students had the opportunity to visit strategic cultural and historical sites, and meet with academic and professional leaders connected to Harvard to learn about current issues in Colombia. Students also had the opportunity to meet with key active Harvard alumni, who have become great supporters of the students during their stay.

In this Issue:

DRCLAS Programs and 
Events in the Region

- ARTS@DRCLAS: Krzysztof Wodiczko
- Summer Programs
in the Region

ARTS@DRCLAS Special Project: Conceptual Stumblings Round Tables
Wednesday, August 13th, 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Led by Harvard Professors Sergio Delgado and Tom Cummins, the research project Conceptual Stumblings will present three round tables on the last 40 years of Chilean visual arts. For more information and to register, visit the event's page.

ARTS@DRCLAS: Ecological Urbanism Symposium
Friday, October 10th, 2014

The Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies are pleased to announce the symposium, exhibition and presentation of the book Urbanismo Ecológico in Santiago, Chile. For more information, click here.

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