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.
A National Resource CenterKU 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 2019-2022, providing fellowships for our students to learn less commonly taught languages of Latin America and the Caribbean.
A Tinker Field Research Collaborative MemberKU 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.
Undergraduate and Graduate Student FundingThe 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.
LanguagesThe 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.
The Unexpected Caribbean SymposiumLearn more about our past conference in October 2018
Latin American / Latinx / Theater / Performance TodayLearn more about our upcoming conference in April 2022
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.Engage With Us
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.Teach With Us