Illinois State University's Office of International Studies was awarded a $25,000 grant from the U.S Department of State. 

The grant for a faculty and student exchange program with Guatemala’s Universidad Rafael Landívar (URL) to advocate for environmental justice.

Through the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, the grant will be used to expand a new program called Environmental Justice: A Partnership between Illinois State and Universidad Rafael Landívar.

The Innovation Fund grant competition is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and Cementos Progreso and supports new relationships between colleges and universities in the United States and higher education institutions in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

Illinois State students and faculty will tour important Guatemalan legal institutions, see mock trials regarding environmental legal conflict and be a part of laboratories while at URL. 

URL students and faculty coming to Illinois State will be provided the opportunity to participate in workshops, course observations and field visits to organizations working on environmental justice.

KELLIE FOY is a News Reporter for The Vidette. She can be contacted at  Follow her on Twitter at @kellie_foy 

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