Botín Foundation Program for Strengthening Public Service in Latin America
Each year since 2010, the Botín Foundation, headquartered in Santander, Cantabria, Spain, has offered 40 talented university students from throughout Latin America the opportunity to take part in the Program for Strengthening Public Service in Latin America.
October 2015 marked the sixth consecutive year that students participating in the Botín Foundation Program for Strengthening Public Service in Latin America convened at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs to begin the U.S. portion of the program. This year’s cohort was comprised of 32 undergraduate students from 14 Latin American countries with a vocation in public service. Arriving on October 2, 2015, the Botín scholars spent one week at Brown before traveling to Spain and Brazil for the remainder of the two month program. While at Brown, the scholars took part in activities focused on public service engagement and leadership; including workshops, trainings, and lectures by Brown faculty, former President of Chile Ricardo Lagos, and other experts on Latin America. The scholars also had the opportunity to speak with Rhode Island public officials and participate in various cultural activities in Providence. The program is organized by the Botín Foundation, the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, and Brown University’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
"The Botín Program extends Brown's global reach by bringing to campus talented Latin American students with a passion for public service. With more than 200 alumni across Latin America and the Caribbean, the network of Botín scholars forms an important part of the international Brown community. The Botín scholars' enthusiasm for advancing the public good is infectious, and they engage our students and faculty with their keen insights about the pressing challenges facing Latin America and the world today." – Richard Snyder
For more information, please visit the program Website and view the following Watson Institute produced videos about the program: