Agronomy Student Participates in Winter Institute


UAC-CP Agronomy student Mayra Yujra was selected as one of five female university students from Bolivia to participate in the U.S. State Department’s 2020 Winter Institute program. The annual 5-week academic residency program, which is based at the University of Arizona, focuses on women’s leadership. 

The U.S. Embassy in La Paz awarded full scholarships to Bolivian women of indigenous or Afro-Bolivian descent to participate in the program. Mayra was selected based on her academic and extracurricular credentials, as well as her demonstrated commitment to serving as a leader in her home community. 

The course included a 3.5-week stay in Tucson, Arizona, where the Bolivian women and 15 of their peers from Peru, Ecuador, and Paraguay attended lectures presented by University of Arizona faculty members. Topics included feminism and women’s movements in U.S. history, social entrepreneurship, Native American nations, immigration and border policy, democracy, and environment and sustainability. 

The students also participated in local community service projects, leadership workshops and a camping trip to the Grand Canyon. The program concluded with a 10-day tour of Boston, Amherst, New York City, and Washington, D.C.

One of Mayra’s favorite things about the program was being part of a group of young Latin American women who all shared different perspectives about being women and community leaders in their respective countries.

Mayra says the experience changed her perspective on life.  “It pushed me to think about my life goals and what I want to do in the future.”

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