The Center for Latin American Studies has received $1.9 million from the U.S. Department of Education Title VI program. This four-year grant will allow CLAS to support international research, public programming, and training initiatives in collaboration with their more than 140 affiliated faculty across the UA campus and Latin America experts across the world. The Center was named a Title VI Comprehensive National Resource Center (NRC) and awarded Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship grants for graduate and undergraduate students interested in learning Portuguese and indigenous languages.
Title VI funding will increase support for interdisciplinary analysis of crucial regional issues and teaching about Latin America at the UA. It will also contribute to the internationalization of K-12 education through teacher training and provide support for outreach about Latin America to other higher education institutions, business, media, and the general public. Receiving Title VI is a recognition of the outstanding quality of Latin American Studies faculty and students across the University of Arizona.
Associate Professor Marcela Vásquez-León is Director of CLAS and principal investigator for the grant.