Laila AtallaLaila Atalla
 Environmental Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies double major Laila Atalla is one of four Bobby Jones Scholars for 2016-17, a prestigious fellowship named after the legendary golfer and Emory alumnus that honors outstanding students, with an with an emphasis on academic excellence and exemplary character and integrity. 

 She will use the scholarship to pursue a Masters’ in Sustainable Development at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

 Laila’s goal is to work in climate change adaption, developing policy changes for transportation systems or the food supply to help protect people against the effects of climate change such as drought or sea level rise.


The Program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies promotes a multidisciplinary understanding of culture, history, and contemporary issues in the region. Students take courses that examine the region from a wide array of disciplinary perspectives, while simultaneously deepening their knowledge of Latin America and the Caribbean within a disciplinary concentration. A student who completes this program receives a degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies with a concentration in a single discipline. Students are encouraged to pursue part of their education studying abroad in Latin America or the Caribbean. A maximum of sixteen credit hours of foreign study can be applied towards the major, with the approval of the program's Director of Undergraduate Studies. In addition to its course offerings, the Program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies regularly sponsors lectures, seminars, exhibitions, and films. It also hosts visiting scholars and encourages student internships.