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Strengthening Communities

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Our Mission

The Center of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) is a leading research center linking faculty, students, and the community from across Kansas, the country and the world in the interdisciplinary study of the histories, cultures, and societies of Latin America and the Caribbean. We aim to serve as the best resource in our region and a model in the country for excellence in research, education and outreach. We advance knowledge and seek solutions to pressing questions related to Latin America and the Caribbean. CLACS places this region in a global conversation, and promotes multiculturalism on campus and in our community. Finally, CLACS provides an environment for learning and working where differences are valued and each person is supported and offered an equitable opportunity to achieve their academic and professional goals.

East Asia & Latin America Conference, "When Global East meets Global South"


This hybrid interdisciplinary conference will examine historical and contemporary links between East Asia and Latin America. Scholars will elaborate on connections between the regions in terms of politics, diplomacy, economy, migration, and the arts.


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Affiliated Faculty and Lecturers
Research funds available to graduate students
Federal funds available over four years (2022-2026)
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A National Resource Center

KU CLACS is funded by the U.S. Department of Education as both a designated Title VI National Resource Center (NRC) in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and as a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship Granting Institution for 2022-2026, providing fellowships for our students to learn less commonly taught languages of Latin America and the Caribbean.

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A Tinker Field Research Collaborative Member

KU CLACS is an inaugural member of the Tinker Foundation Field Research Collaborative, which provides five years of support for graduate student field research in Latin America.

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Undergraduate and Graduate Student Funding

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies offers funding for undergraduate and graduate students and helps students find grants, fellowships, assistantships, awards and scholarships from other sources.

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The KU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and other academic departments offer language training in Kaqchikel, K'iche' Maya, Haitian Creole, Miskitu, Portuguese, and Yucatec Maya.

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Our Programs

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The Center has a core group of interdisciplinary faculty members with expertise in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.
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More than 100 core, affiliate, and research faculty members associated with the Center teach and research Latin America through a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary prisms, and mentor students interested in the region.
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Our courses strive to advance knowledge and seek solutions to pressing questions related to Latin America and the Caribbean, thereby placing this region in a global conversation.
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Study Abroad

KU has the oldest continually operating US academic exchange programs in Latin America and supports strong linkages with Costa Rica, Paraguay, Nicaragua, Brazil, and Peru.
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In Our Community

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies serves KU and its surrounding community by organizing events and programs throughout the year.

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Resources for Educators

The KU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), a designated U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center, is committed to strengthen interdisciplinarity, develop experiential learning opportunities, foster language development, expand regional knowledge, support internationalization of the professional schools, and partner with K-12 schools, community colleges, and other universities.

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