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May 27, 1999

CLAS receives $200,000 grant

CLAS receives $200,000 grant

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has awarded Pitt's Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) a two-year, $200,000 general support grant.

According to CLAS director Billie R. DeWalt, the grant will enhance the long-term strength and stability of the 35-year-old center and its programs; help to attract the brightest students and expert scholars to the University; and provide enhanced opportunities for increased interaction, collaboration and exchange with Latin America and the Caribbean.

"The Center for Latin American Studies at Pitt is at a pivotal juncture in its existence," DeWalt said. "Having achieved extraordinary success in a relatively short time, the center must now build upon its past and current accomplishments and rise to a new level of excellence in education, research and community outreach. This grant will help us to do that."

CLAS is designated as a National Resource Center on Latin America by the U.S. Department of Education. The center maintains cooperative exchange agreements with more than 65 universities and institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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