Category Archives: CLASS

Medellin: Most Innovative City in the World

Last month the Wall Street Journal granted Medellin – Colombia’s second largest city – the title of “Innovative City of the Year”. This title results from a competition launched by the WSJ and the Urban Land Institute and sponsored by … Continue reading

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The Dream Act: An Opportunity for Young Latinos in the U.S. to Pursue Legal Status and Further Education

One of the hottest topics in U.S. politics today is immigration. The question of whether illegal immigrants should be offered legal status has been one of controversy since its inception. This has caused many challenges for undocumented young people that … Continue reading

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Bolsa Família and Oportunidades: Powerful Tools for Poverty Alleviation in Latin America

Bolsa Família and Oportunidades are conditional cash transfer programs that were launched in Brazil and Mexico respectively. In 2012, Oportunidades assisted 6.5 million families and Bolsa Família assisted over 13 million families. Both of these government programs provide grants to … Continue reading

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CLASS meets the Latino Civic Association of Tompkins County

On Saturday, December 8th Barbara Marchiori de Assis, CLASS President and Benjamin Garcia, CLASS Vice President met with leaders from the Latino Civic Association of Tompkins County (LCA). This meeting served to introduce both organizations, and to discuss mutually beneficial … Continue reading

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Financial Services, Technology and Social Programs

Access to financial intermediation offers people the possibility to obtain fundamental financial services as savings accounts, microcredits and life insurance. In Mexico, access to financial services provided by commercial and state-owned banks is considered limited for regional standards (CEPAL).  Geographically … Continue reading

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CLASS…the Beginning

On Friday, August 31st Cornell graduate students from different countries such as Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Venezuela, and the U.S. met to discuss their interests and goals at Mann Library. Each student had an impressive background with experience in … Continue reading

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