Outreach at the Center for Latin American Studies
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 in the form of online curriculum resources, a lending library, and culture boxes, available to check out for use in their classrooms.
Business, Media and General Public Outreach
CLAS reaches thousands of people through business rountables, 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 rountable 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 we have started a collaboration on a storytime and providing LAS content childrens’ literature.