The Center for Latin American Studies Outreach

Educational Outreach

The Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt seeks to expand awareness and knowledge of Latin America in K – 16 settings.  CLAS works closely with the Nashville Public Schools and the Tennessee Department of Education to award continuing education credit to teachers for their attendance at professional development.  The CLAS workshop model starts with a core of Vanderbilt faculty members, graduate students and visiting speakers, giving teachers exposure to leading figures in their fields. The Center has participated in collaborations with area institutions such as Cheekwood, Frist, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and the Adventure Science Center to expand our outreach in the community.  We also provide resources to teachers available to check out for use in their classrooms in the form of online curriculum resources, a lending library, and culture boxes.

Somos Nos 2016 flyer web-page-001Professional Development Teacher Workshops These workshops are designed for K-16 educators to expand knowledge on a variety of topics related to Latin America. For examples of past workshops and to see upcoming workshops, visit the teacher workshop webpage.



La Camioneta Glendale projectCurriculum Resources CLAS offers books, lesson plans, multimedia materials and other resources to help teachers incorporate Latin American content into their classrooms. All materials are available to teachers free of charge. Lesson plans, curriculum units and PowerPoint presentations may be downloaded here.



lending libraryLending Library CLAS maintains a comprehensive collection of books, lesson plans, multimedia materials and other resources to help teachers incorporate Latin American content into their classrooms. All materials are available to educators free of charge. To borrow books, films or multimedia materials, please visit our lending library webpage.



Guatemala Culture BoxCulture Boxes CLAS has traveling “culture boxes” filled with cultural artifacts for a hands-on experience for students and teachers.  These boxes are available for check-out and use in classrooms. To see photos and descriptions of the items in these boxes, click here.



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Speakers Bureau Educators who would like to request an area specialist speaker from the CLAS Speakers Bureau to visit his/her classroom or special event may submit a Speakers Bureau Request Form.




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Américas Award CLAS co-coordinates the Américas Award for Children’s & Young Adult Literature sponsored by the national Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs. Learn more about the award here.





Business, Media and General Public Outreach

CLAS reaches thousands of people through business roundtables, conferences, art exhibitions, performances, public lectures and podcasts.  With local businesses, CLAS offers workshops focused on the economic and political conditions in specific countries.  We hold roundtable discussions with business leaders from the US and Latin America, partnering with professional schools within the University as well as community organizations.  The Center regularly works with the health care community through collaborations with Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, the Inter-American Health Alliance, and Conexión Guatemala.  CLAS has developed educational components for art exhibits and has sponsored community art shows and theater performances.  With the Nashville Public Library, CLAS collaborates on a storytime, providing Latin American content into children’s literature.