U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris during a meeting with the Indigenous Women Platform at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala June 7, 2021 in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Credit: Planetpix/Alamy Live News On June 7, the University of the Valley of Guatemala's Central Campus was honored to host a visit from US Vice President Kamala Harris during her first international trip. On campus, Harris met with dignitaries, including Nobel Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú. Harris also met with women engineering students in UVG’s central campus makerspace, which was partially funded by USAID funds through USFUVG. NBC Nightly news also conducted and broadcast their [...]
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This year has been unlike any other. We are struggling through a global pandemic that brings health and economic anxieties. Even as social distancing and cancelation of events have isolated us from each other, we have been reminded of how interconnected we are as the coronavirus marched across the globe. We have had to make difficult choices and ask difficult questions. We are asking ourselves, how do we respond to a year like this? The students, faculty, and staff of the University of the Valley of Guatemala (UVG) have been asking these tough questions as well. Like experts around the globe, [...]
June 4, 2020 Dear USFUVG Friends, The world has experienced several significant challenges lately, affecting our physical and mental health, our economy, our health system, and more recently, our values on social equality. The brutal and disturbing deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, and others before them, as well as the racist confrontation in Central Park directed toward Christian Cooper, have shaken our society, demanding equality and justice to address the long-standing structural and systemic discriminatory attitudes and actions in the United States. As an organization that works with educators and supports students of different cultures, we [...]
April 25, 2020 Many of our supporters have been wondering how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting people in Guatemala in general and specifically the students served by the US Foundation for the University of the Valley of Guatemala (USFUVG). Although the situation is challenging for all of us, I am happy to share that students and staff at the University of the Valley of Guatemala (UVG) are not only adapting but contributing greatly to Guatemala's efforts to combat COVID-19. Coronavirus in Guatemala The first case of COVID-19 in Guatemala was identified on March 13. As of April 23, at least 384 cases [...]