A home for scholars studying Latin America has opened in Pittsburgh

September 20, 2022

Mati Castillo says her identity is deeply rooted in her community. 

The senior Latinx Student Association president spent the summer excavating and surveying Mayan sites with the Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project. Under the direction of Pitt anthropology assistant professor Claire Ebert, the Oxnard, California, native and Spanish and anthropology double major walked away with more than a historical understanding of the area.

“We emphasized community archaeology and worked with Mayan descendant communities to ensure local input,” said Castillo.



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About LASA

The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is the largest professional association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. With over 13,000 members, over 60% of whom reside outside the United States, LASA is the one association that brings together experts on Latin America from all disciplines and diverse occupational endeavors, across the globe. LASA's mission is to foster intellectual discussion, research, and teaching on Latin America, the Caribbean, and its people throughout the Americas, promote the interests of its diverse membership, and encourage civic engagement through network building and public debate.

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