UTIA researchers and faculty continue to explore opportunities and potential partnerships with collaborators ​in Guatemala. The Smith International Center holds the Milam Family Opportunity Endowment which provides funding for research and extension opportunities in Guatemala for faculty to work on world challenges related to food security, clean water, health and nutrition.

Contact Dave Ader or Sara Mulville for more information.

Current Partners

  • Ke​m A’jachel​ 
  • Barbara Ford Center of Peace
  • ICC- Private Institute for Climate Change Research 
  • Health Talents International
  • ARCAS​​​

Milam Family Endowment

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A generous donation from a local Knoxville family has allowed for continued in Guatemala. Their hope is that the funds are used to inspire the next generation of volunteers to be passionate about Guatemala and its people.

Milam Scholars

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Each year two UTIA students are chosen through a competitive process to participate in an internship related to their major and professional interests in Guatemala. They work with one of the Smith Center’s local partners to conduct research and community outreach. For more information, contact Sara Mulville.

Study Abroad Course

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UTK Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Challenges in Guatemala is a course designed to engage students in all topics related to food, agriculture and natural resources in Guatemala. While the course is a semester-long spring course, they experience Guatemala first-hand during a Spring Break study abroad trip.