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IDIA is LASPAU’s catalytic initiative that connects institutions in Latin American and the Caribbean to a global network of experts and best practices in teaching and learning.  We recently sat down with Colleen Silva, Program Manager for Academic Innovation, on the eve of her departure to the World Engineering Education Forum in Dubai, and spoke to her about IDIA’s work and teaching and learning trends for 2015.  

What does IDIA do?

LASPAU has named Angélica Natera as its new Executive Director. Notably, Ms. Natera, a native of Venezuela, is the first female and the first Latin American to assume the role of Executive Director in the organization’s 50-year history.

“I am honored to be named Executive Director of LASPAU, especially at such a pivotal time for the organization. LASPAU has a strong history of advancing higher education throughout the Americas. I am very pleased to have the opportunity to build on our past successes, continue serving to our partners and clients and lead the organization to new horizons.” said Ms. Natera.

LASPAU interviewed Fulbright grantee Noriel Jacobs-Gray. Noriel is pursuing a PhD in Tourism Administration at Oklahoma State University and is currently working on her dissertation, which will examine leadership in crisis management. She is also working with the director of her program to study health-related issues in the travel industry. Noriel describes her experiences and achievements as a Fulbright grantee.