The Latin American and Iberian Institute and the School of Architecture and Planning, with funding from the FIPSE IPEX, Indigenous Planning Exchange program, offer four $1,200 scholarships for UNM students to attend a conference hosted by UNM partner the Benemerita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP), JORNADAS Mexico - Canadá, "Indigenismo and Cultural Diversity" in Puebla, Mexico, Sept. 27-30.

Indigenismo is a Latin American idea and movement pressing for a greater social and political role for the Indigenous peoples of the Americas.

Conference Scholarship: To apply for the scholarship, compose a one-page letter explaining how this conference will help you to understand/apply Indigenismo in your conceptual thinking, and how you think it will benefit you academically. Send the letter to Robyn Cote at the Latin American and Iberian Institute by Aug. 29.

The $1,200 scholarship will cover most expenses, including airfare, hotel and meals. The trip also includes a two-day visit to Mexico City after the conference, to see Teotihuacan, the Aztec Ruins at Templo Mayor, and view Diego Rivera murals at the National Palace.

Semester Exchange Scholarship: This conference is the result of four years of a tri-nationally funded Student Exchange Program in Indigenous Planning (IPEX). FIPSE, Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education, funds this program, now in its last year of funding.

UNM students may apply for a $3,000 scholarship to go on a semester exchange in spring 2012 to Puebla or Chiapas, Mexico, or to Saskatchewan or Manitoba, Canada. A language stipend of $1,000 is also available. Applications are due October 1. Visit LAII for more information or contact Robyn Cote.

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