The Center for Latin American Studies supports research and public events that grapple with histories of colonialism and structural racism. We highlight and showcase diverse voices from across the region, bringing in perspectives from different countries, languages, academic disciplines, and perspectives.
Your Gift to CLAS helps us meet three ongoing goals:
1) Highlight diverse people, communities, and perspectives from across the Americas. In the past year, CLAS has organized events that speak to the range of experiences in the Americas, drawing attendance of thousands of people from across the world. Your donation helps CLAS present critical and insightful events, tackling subjects ranging from the concept of racial democracy in the Americas, to the status of the Indigenous subject within current society, to the significance of translating Indigenous texts into colonial languages.
2) Establish instruction and support the study of Indigenous Latin American languages at UC Berkeley. CLAS offers courses in Nahuatl, one of Latin America’s most widely spoken Indigenous languages, and is leading a multi-university initiative to create a Nahuatl textbook. Your donation helps more students access languages that are not commonly taught. CLAS is currently working with Laney College in Oakland to set up classes in Mam, a Mayan language, for credit at Berkeley.
3) Create research opportunities for underrepresented students. Field Research Grants allow graduate students to develop their research projects at the pre-dissertation stage, a key point their academic careers. Your support helps us provide essential funding to cover travel and field-related expenses.
Your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar with a grant that CLAS has secured from the Tinker Foundation. Help us provide field research opportunities to students who would otherwise be unable to access them.
Please help us reach our goal!
Your gift of just $25 allows us to purchase a book for our library, expanding our offerings in Indigenous languages and supporting scholars from marginalized groups
Your gift of $50 allows us gather groups of graduate and undergraduate students to discuss research and current events in Latin America.
Your gift of $100 allows us to provide interpretation for our public events, ensuring language accessibility for more folks and greatly expanding our audience.
Your gift of $500 will allow a graduate student to travel to the field to start their field research, taking a major step towards their degree and future.