Who We Are

Present day CLACS oversees and coordinates graduate and undergraduate education in Latin American and Caribbean studies at Duke and promotes research and dissemination of knowledge about the region. Its activities encompass the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and the professional schools.

CLACS, together with it's consortium partner, the Institue for the Study of the Americas at UNC-Chapel Hill, have been awarded a Title VI grant from the Department of Education since 1991, making this one of the most successful National Resource Center Consortia in the nation. 

In addition to funding from Title VI, CLACS has been awarded Andrew W. Mellon grants since 1990. These resources allow us to maintain a worldclass faculty, fund undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research in Latin America & the Caribbean, host visiting scholars and artists from the region, and promote outreach to local, state, and national educational, media, and business organizations.


To create a supportive, intellectually stimulating and interdisciplinary environment for students, faculty and community members interested in the study of Latin America & the Caribbean.

To bring together members of our local and worldwide community (K-16 schools, universities, scholars, artists, activists, civic organizations, etc.) in order to promote new ideas, research and cultural awareness about Latin America & the Caribbean.

To prepare better educated citizens and future leaders who may work in fields related to Latin America & the Caribbean in academics, business, arts, government, and many other careers.

We intend to fulfill this mission through:

Educational Activities (guest speakers; course development; visiting artists; outreach to local schools, businesses and media; service-learning opportunities; certificate programs; etc.)

Research Support (travel grants; conference awards; publications; conferences)

Creating Social Networks and Building Community (collaborations with other universities, student organizations, and alumni; visiting professors; internships; social events)


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