Letter from the President of LASA, Gioconda Herrera

June 1, 2020

Dear LASA Members,

Today I began my term as President of the Association in a complex context for the region. These are painful times for our societies, times of great uncertainty for our academic community. In our region, COVID-19 has heartbreaking consequences for the neediest, had exacerbated already existing inequality and has devastated economies.

The Latino community in the United States, so present in our Association, is also one of those hit hardest by the pandemic, with very elevated mortality rates and enormous difficulties for the reproduction of their lives. Our Latin diasporas in Europe have also faced great difficulties, above all in those migratory destinations most affected by COVID-19, like Italy and Spain.



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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