Established in 1961, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at the University of Kansas has been awarded graduate fellowships by the US Department of Education (ED) since 1976 and was designated and funded by ED as a Comprehensive National Resource Center on Latin America and the Caribbean from 1983-1988; 1994-2006; and from 2010-2014. CLACS is distinguished by its quality and long term stability. It is a leading research center linking faculty, students, and the community from across Kansas, the country, and the world in the interdiscplinary study of the histories, cultures, societies, economies, and enivronments 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 strive to advance knowledge and seek solutions to pressing questions related to Latin America and the Caribbean. CLACS works to place this region in a global conversation, and promote multiculturalism on campus and in our community. Finally, CLACS seeks to provide 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.
Our center offers region-specific academic programs, facilitates graduate research at home and abroad, sponsors events related to the region, and develops outreach resources for area educators. 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. Our semiannual newsletter, the Kansas Latin Americanist, highlights recent campus activities and faculty and student research in Latin America and the Caribbean, and also publicizes new outreach materials and current funding, travel, and research opportunities.
Pending funding, CLACS supports FLAS students studying: Haitian Creole, Portugese, and Advanced Spanish.* CLACS can also support indigenous languages, such as Andean Quichua and Moskitu. Please inquire if interested in another Latin American indigenous language.
* Important Note: Applicants should be aware that all FLAS awards are contingent on federal funding. CLACS will be applying for federal FLAS funds for the next 2018-2022 cycle. Therefore, funding decisions made for the 2018-2019 academic year by all four Centers will be provisional as they are contingent upon the Center receiving FLAS funds from the Department of Education. Students are advised to apply for FLAS funding with the understanding that they should not neglect to seek additional funding opportunities if needed, since the Center or language/s may not be awarded future funds from the U.S. Department of Education. Final award results may not be known until the beginning of the Fall 2018 semester.
KU offers several formal opportunities for study in Latin America or the Caribbean, in a variety of countries and languages. CLACS has preapproved multiple program options for Summer FLAS Fellowships. Most programs coordinated by KU are available to students through the Office of Study Abroad. Please contact Mari Keyser for specific information about KU's programs in Latin American or the Caribbean. In addition, OSA can help you find or create a student-initiated program (SIP) to whatever specific country interests you, even if KU doesn't have a prepared program there. Please remember, however, that KU's policy is not to send students to countries with U.S. Federal Government Travel Warning in place.