Latin American weekend celebrates alumni bond

October 6, 2015 4:00 PM

Mary Sparacello

Stanley Motta, one of a group of about 40 Tulane University alumni from Latin America who visited the university Oct. 2–4, tours the Latin American Library.

Stanley Motta, center, one of a group of about 40 Tulane University alumni from Latin America who visited the university Oct. 2–4, tours the Middle American Research Institute. Motta, a 1967 graduate of the A. B. Freeman School of Business, is chair of Copa Holdings, parent company of Panama’s Copa Airlines and Colombia’s Copa Airlines. He also is the president of Motta Internacional. The alumni group discussed ideas for continuing collaboration with Tulane when members visited New Orleans. (Photo by Bradley Charlesworth)

“I am confident that great things will happen in the coming years to strengthen and enhance this relationship.”

Diego Herrera, Tulane Law School class of 1993

Tulane University alumni from numerous Latin American countries travelled to New Orleans last weekend (Oct. 2–4) to celebrate the deep ties between Tulane and Latin America.

“This region boasts such a historically strong connection with Tulane that we’re eager to increase our engagement going forward,” said James Stofan, vice president for alumni relations.

About 40 alumni voyaged to Tulane for the festivities. Tulane President Mike Fitts hosted brunch at No. 2 Audubon Place, and the alumni toured exhibits at the Middle American Research Institute and the Latin American Library.

“Tulane research is continually crossing boundaries between disciplines. Now, thanks to an extraordinary alumni group in Latin America and around the world, it is crossing global boundaries, too,” Fitts said.

Diego Herrera, a 1993 graduate of Tulane Law School, traveled to the reunion from Panama. “It is important to keep this relationship active and alive,” Herrera said.

The idea for the weekend originated after Tulane leaders recently visited alumni clubs in Panama, Costa Rica and Mexico City, Stofan said.

Tulane has emerged as a powerhouse in Latin American scholarship, and graduates have found great success worldwide.  

“The impact Tulane students have made in the Latin American region and specially in Panama, in terms of job creation and economic development, is immeasurable,” said Herrera, explaining that the university’s historic relationship with Latin America is reflected in organizations such as his law firm, Galindo, Arias & López, where eight of 13 partners attended Tulane.

There are close to 3,000 Tulane alumni from Latin America, Stofan said. Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala and Chile have the largest Tulane communities. The Tulane Alumni Association has established alumni clubs in Mexico, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica, Argentina and Chile, and officials are working on finding leadership for clubs elsewhere, such as Colombia and Guatemala, Stofan said.

Mary Sparacello is a communications specialist in the Office of Development Communications.

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