Director’s Welcome

Natasha Borges Sugiyama

Welcome to the Center for Latin America and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. CLACS serves as a home for community members, students, teachers, and scholars interested in Latin America and the Caribbean. We are proud to serve as a Title VI National Resource Center (NRC), jointly funded by the U.S. Department of Education in consortium with the UW-Madison Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies Program.

As you browse through our website, you will get to know the breadth and depth of UWM’s expertise in Latin America and the Caribbean. Our faculty and staff have wide-ranging teaching and research interests related to region; whether it is in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, creative arts, or the professions. Their passion translates into our courses, academic programs, and programming on campus and beyond.

CLACS is proud to serve as an educational resource for the local, national, and international community. Our regional faculty network includes over a hundred scholars throughout the upper Midwest with Latin American Studies expertise. CLACS regularly sponsors cultural events, public lectures, workshops for k-16 teachers, curricular resources, scholarships and grants for field research, and so much more.

We hope you’ll take the time to learn about what we do here and consider joining our community.

Natasha Borges Sugiyama
Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)
Associate Professor of Political Science