The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at Vanderbilt seeks to expand awareness and knowledge of Latin America in K-16 settings. On average, CLAS organizes 150 educational and cultural events per year; the impact of these efforts is amplified through teachers who attend many of our events. In 2018-2019, more than 125,000 people attended CLAS events and more than 100,000 students received CLAS content.
Our outreach strategy builds upon faculty areas of expertise in ways that simultaneously enrich research and teaching. The Center collaborates with area organizations such as Cheekwood, the Frist, OZ Arts Nashville, the Global Education Center, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the Nashville Public Library, the Nashville Opera and the Adventure Science Center to expand our outreach in the community, as well as the Library of Congress, ReadWorks, Teaching for Change, and other institutions nationwide. CLAS, along with the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University, also coordinates the Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature.
In addition to educational events and teacher workshops, we also provide resources for classroom use in the form of online curriculum resources, a lending library, culture boxes, videos, and guest speakers upon request.
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Teacher Advisory Board
The Teacher Advisory Board consists of thoughtful educational leaders who advise the Outreach Coordinator. These educators act as ambassadors for CLAS in their schools and districts, provide honest feedback on the teacher workshops and events, and articulate programming recommendations for the future. These educators represent a variety of schools, grades, and areas of expertise.
Emily Baughman – McGavock High School Stephanie Knight – Center for Applied Second Language Studies, University of Oregon Maria Milliken – Maplewood High School Sharlyn Scott– Desert Vista High School (Phoenix, AZ) Dalila Suarez – Lipscomb University, Glencliff High School
Colleen McCoy Outreach Coordinator