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Central America: People & the Environment


A Professional Development Institute for K-12 Teachers

Dates: June 24-27, 2019
Location: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

This summer’s institute was the first in a four-year series that will explore Central America with a focus on people and the environment. The institute highlighted diverse topics of Central America and incorporated hands-on  activities. It focused on indigenous people’s relationship with the environment, as well as broader environmental issues regarding health, infrastructure, and land and water rights. Summer 2019 focused particularly on climate change and impacts of deforestation, environmental politics and sustainability, and access to water and its relationship to health. This summer institute series is ideal for educators of high school and community college, and pre-service students teaching History, World Geography, Science, and Environmental Science. The four-year series of institutes is sponsored by the Centers for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University, Tulane University, and the University of Georgia, and will be hosted at each institute over the course of the four years beginning here in summer 2019 at Vanderbilt University, with additional support from Florida International University.



Registration fee covers breakfast, lunch, and on-campus parking for each day of the institute, as well as materials.

Cost per participant: Early registration is $50 (before April 26, 2019). $75 after April 26, 2019.  *Free registration for pre-service (student) teachers– contact for more information.

To Register:

    1. Click “Register Now” to submit your information via Google Form.
    2. Mail registration fee ($75) via paper check to:

Vanderbilt Center for Latin American Studies
PMB 351806
2301 Vanderbilt Pl
Nashville, TN 37235

Your registration is not complete until your check is received. Please note that capacity for this institute is limited.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE is Friday, June 14. Registration check must be received by June 14, and information submitted via the “Register Now” button.



Travel Scholarships:

The application for travel scholarships is now closed.


Monday, June 24 (8:45 AM – 5:00 PM)
Tuesday, June 25 (8:45 AM – 5:00 PM)
Wednesday, June 26 (8:45 AM – 5:00 PM)
Thursday, June 27 (8:45 AM – 1:00 PM)

There will not be any official evening programming after 5:00 PM throughout the institute.


Lodging to be arranged by participant. Fully registered participants will be connected with others if they are interested in sharing lodging.

Recommended lodging options include:

Scarritt-Bennett Nonprofit Educational and Conference Center

1027 18th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212
Call 615-340-7500 for reservations

  • $93.55 per night (individual accommodations); the most economical individual option near campus!
  • Pleasant dorm-like rooms with a shared bathroom between rooms
  • Coffee shops and restaurants within 1-2 blocks
  • 3 minute, 0.2 mi. walk to Vanderbilt campus
  • Limited capacity

AirBnb / VRBO

  • Your registration fee includes a parking spot on campus every day of the institute, so feel free to stay farther from campus.
  • Bring teacher friends and colleagues and share an apartment or a house for budget-friendly housing!


Since Nashville has become a “hot spot” for tourism, hotels near campus/downtown have become pricier. If you are looking for economical housing, we recommend the options above.

      Homewood Suite By Hilton (2400 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN)

  • Includes hot breakfast and evening weekday dinner (Monday-Thursday)
  • 18 minute, 0.9 mi. walk to Vanderbilt campus
  • Call 615-340-8000 for reservations