The U.S. Department of Education designates the KU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies as a Title VI National Resource Center (NRC) in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and to provide Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships for our students over the next four years.
International and area studies have long been a historical strength at KU, a member of the prestigious AAU; the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, with its nationally renowned faculty, deep and broad area studies curriculum, and rich Study Abroad opportunities, is a key component of KU’s strength in international education.
The funding amounts to approximately 1.7 million in the four-year cycle. Our initiatives during the 2018-2022 period focus on the theme of Connecting Communities in KU and the heartland to Latin American and Caribbean communities and institutions, in part by leveraging our existing partnerships locally and abroad. Both designations reflect not only the hard work of KU, but also a common mission shared by regional institutions and organizations like yours.
CLACS has partnered with the Topeka Public School district on a pilot program for continuing language learning for educators; with the other KU Area Studies Centers, Donnelly College in Kansas City, and area Community Colleges like Johnson County Community College and Kansas City Kansas Community College on an annual Global Opportunities Expo; and with the Lied Center and the Spencer Museum of Art on arts and cultural programming and exhibits, with accompanying materials to support public school educators in Kansas.
CLACS will also be developing an online certificate in Latin American and Caribbean studies over the next four years, so that even students in other parts of Kansas and the Midwest can develop expertise in the region. Another major component is funding for new field schools and service learning / study abroad programs abroad in Haiti, the Northern Triangle of Central America, Paraguay, and Costa Rica.
CLACS has used Title VI funding to build up our program in indigenous and less-commonly-taught Latin American and Caribbean languages such as Bri Bri, Kaqchikel, Quechua, K’iche’ Maya, Mískitu, Haitian Creole, Guaraní, Portuguese, and Tlapanec.
FLAS fellowships are available to KU and Non-KU graduate and undergraduate students interested in learning a less commonly taught language, providing up to $18,000 for tuition / fees and a $15,000 stipend during the academic year for graduate students or $10,000 for tuition / fees and $5000 for the year for undergraduates. For both graduate and undergraduate students, summer fellowships are also available at $5,000 for tuition / fees and $2,500 for subsistence.