The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington was originally established in 1965 as the Latin American Studies Program. It was re-founded with a new sense of purpose and energy in 1992 and in 2009 was re-named as the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program to include the many scholars and students at the University of Washington interested in the Caribbean. LACS is committed to the advancement of scholarship and applied knowledge about Latin America and the Caribbean.
The program is built around several region-specific themes and principles which include, the creative arts, the impact of colonialism and slavery on national development, Indigenous politics, border issues, and current efforts to strengthen democratic values and practices, reduce poverty, violence and injustice, and create healthier individuals and environments. Faculty, staff and students work in close collaboration to fulfill the program’s mission through research, interdisciplinary education, experiential and service learning, and community outreach.
Core Services Offered
Internships, Small Grants, Funding Opportunities.
Latin American and Caribbean Studies also organizes colloquia, conferences, special events, and visits by renowned speakers to complement academic offerings and provide students, faculty and the local community with timely and relevant opportunities to learn about and become involved in issues relevant to Latin America and the Caribbean.
LACS faculty members also direct Study Abroad Programs, Exploration Seminars, and Task Force field visits to several countries including Brazi and Peru.
Jackson School of International Studies
Leela Fernandes, Director, Jackson School of International Studies
Related UW Entities
College of Arts and Sciences: Department of History, Department of Music, Department of Law, Societies, and Justice, Department of Political Science, Comparative History of Ideas, Department of Communication, Department of Women Studies, Department of American Ethnic Studies, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, Department of Comparative Literature, Department of Geography
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
College of Education
Diversity Research Institute
School of Public Health
School of Medicine: Department of Global Health
Center for Human Rights