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History behind ECUASA

Originally, in 2004, ECUASA was founded as an unofficial student organization at the University of Florida but died out in 2005. With the collaboration of new members, the organization was resurected in 2006. Paper work was submitted but wasn't followed through with UF Student Government. Still, these members grew close as a social club and went on road trips, shared meals togethers at La Fortuna (a Hispanic market/restaurant in Gainesville), and enjoyed several parties.

Now, in 2010, the "New ECUASA" has been revived and the right paper work and guidelines are in the process. The new E-board (made up of mostly undergraduate students) is ready to take action and gain back the energy ECUASA had, but as an official UF organization.

Starting an organization

In order to start an organization at the University of Florida, that organization must be registered under the Center for Student Activities and Involvement. These are the requirements:

-Select an original name
-Describe the purpose and activities to be held by the organization
-Have three members who are registered UF students. There must be a President and a Treasurer.
-Have a faculty advisor who meets CSAI requirements.
-Complete a Student Organization Registration form.
-Submit a constitution that meets the CSAI guidelines.
-Complete an online registration by logging into the Involvement Website

For more information, visit the The Center for Student Involvement and Activities website.

Tips to start your own club

Being started by students who are actively involved at UF in many organizations, the ECUASA E-board believes it's important to:

-Find students and friends with similar interests and with amount of dedication.
-Devote time to gather members and spread the word.
-File the correct paperwork and make sure the organization follows University of Florida guidelines.
-Be energetic!
-Have fun and spread a mission or goal.

Meet our sponsor

Dr. Carmen Diana Deere is Professor of Food and Resource Economics and Latin American Studies at the University of Florida. She holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a M.A. in Development Studies from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Deere was Director of the UF Center for Latin American Studies from 2004 to 2009. She is a Past President of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) and of the New England Council of Latin American Studies (NECLAS). She serves on numerous editorial boards, including World Development and Journal of Agrarian Change and is an Associate Editor of Feminist Economics. She has carried out recent studies for The World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, and UN-WIDER.

During 2009-2010 she was a Visiting Scholar at FLACSO-Ecuador, directing the UF-FLACSO study on Gender, Poverty and Assets, which included a 3,000 household survey on asset ownership in rural and urban areas. This project is part of a broader comparative study on the gender asset gap which includes Ghana and India, and is funded by the Dutch Foreign Ministry’s MDG3 Fund.