Latin America Initiative

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Strengthening Rutgers University’s Ties in Latin America

The Rutgers Global Latin America Initiative was created in 2020 to further grow Rutgers’ presence in Latin America by building partnerships, supporting campus constituents, and developing programs.


Latin America Initiative

Objectives of the Initiative

The goal of the Rutgers Global Latin American Initiative is to create and strengthen Rutgers University’s institutional ties in Latin America. 

We achieve this by:
•  Researching opportunities for collaboration with governmental agencies, universities, and organizations 
•  Communicating Rutgers’ strategy for the region and discussing viable actions  
•  Reaching out and liaising with Latin American counterparts
•  Creating opportunities to engage Latin American students, faculty, and staff
•  Overseeing activity implementation
•  Seeking funding opportunities and writing proposals  

Latin America Initiative

Working with our Rutgers Partners

At Rutgers we partner with our colleagues in a number of ways:

•  We provide expertise to campus constituents involved in Latin America-related initiatives and promote collaboration among stakeholders, thus supporting Rutgers’ agenda in the region.
•  We work with Rutgers Global–Partnerships on strengthening existing partnerships and building new connections in the region. 
•  We collaborate with the Study Abroad office to find ways to strengthen Rutgers’ program portfolio and boost student participation.
•  We support the International Student & Scholar Services unit and the International Academic Support office in helping to ensure that Latin American students are able to successfully acclimate and adjust to life at Rutgers.
•  We assist the Admissions Office and various schools in their recruitment efforts in Latin America. 
•  We collaborate with the Alumni Association and the Rutgers University Foundation to further establish ties with our Rutgers alumni in Latin America. 

Marcelo Meregalli Ferrer, Latin America Specialist


Marcelo Meregalli Ferrer, Latin American Specialist
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Born in Uruguay but raised in Argentina, Marcelo holds a degree in Philosophy and a Teaching Certificate from Universidad Católica Argentina. Prior to joining Rutgers, Marcelo served as the Director of International Relations at Universidad Austral in Buenos Aires where he developed programs for international students; oversaw mobility programs; built partnerships with universities, organizations and government agencies; set strategic goals for his unit; and advanced internationalization across the campus.   

Over the course of his career in international education, Marcelo has also held adjunct teaching appointments for Universidad Católica Argentina (Philosophy of Language), as well as for Pepperdine University (Western Heritage) on their Buenos Aires campus. He also served as the Assistant Resident Director for The George Washington University’s study abroad program in Argentina, running all on-site operations, from program logistics, to academic advising, to student wellness and emergency response.