NCCLA was organized in 1966 by a group of Latin Americanists from Wisconsin universities. Their Charter, adopted the same year, expanded the scope of membership to include faculty and students from public and private institutions of higher learning throughout the upper Midwest. The NCCLA is one of eight regional Latin Americanist organizations in the country.
The NCCLA Secretariat is housed at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
2017-18 Executive Committee
President: Eduardo Magalhäes III (Simpson College)
Co-VPs/Presidents Elect: Elia Armacanqui-Tipacti (UW-Stevens Point) and
Pedro dos Santos (Luther College)
Program Chair: Christine Hippert (UW-La Crosse)
Nominations Chair: Shane Boeder (Marian University)
Communications/Membership Chair: Mariano Magalhães (Augustana College)
Secretary-Treasurer: Ben Narvaez (University of Minnesota-Morris)