Since its founding more than 40 years ago, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies has provided language education and outreach support to the mid-Michigan community through partnerships with more than 29 institutes of higher education in Latin American and the Caribbean.
Currently, the Center supports research and training projects in numerous countries such as Brazil, Chile, Peru, Costa Rica and Mexico. Many of these are being led by one of the Center's more than 150 core and consulting faculty.
Each year the Center provides thousands of dollars in student scholarships and faculty funding, including travel funding for graduate students conducting research and scholarships for students studying abroad.
Leading research projects focus on food industry development, famine relief and the implications of deforestation on climate change.
Ongoing outreach projects including an undergraduate research conference, study abroad program development and international specialization promotion have resulted in more than 120 student specializations as well as numerous internship opportunities.