New York City Consortium for Latin American Studies

The New York City Consortium for Latin American Studies combines the extraordinary teaching and research capacities of two of New York City’s leading universities, New York University and Columbia. These dynamic urban universities advance international education through their rich “locational endowment”—New York, one of the world's great global cities—and through institutional commitments to building programs, establishing networks, and educating students across six continents. The Latin American Studies centers of both universities have collaborated since 1988 on a mission to advance knowledge and understanding of Latin America and the Caribbean through competitive degree programs, international research opportunities, nationally recognized library resources, and outreach programs to K-12, post-secondary institutions, and the public at large.

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We share a history of close collaboration rooted in shared faculty research interests, complementary academic strengths, ease of student cross-registration, and proximity.

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What Our Funding Supports

Past consortium funds supported innovative training, coverage of content relating to national need, and training in less commonly taught languages. Current funding supports K-12 outreach as well as language training.

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Leveraging Collective Resources

Each center leverages the resources of its location in New York City, each University’s deep ties to Latin America, and a wealth of student exchange programs and faculty research initiatives in every country of the region.

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Compounding Assets

The consortium strengthens the libraries of both institutions, and coordinates and integrates activities in both universities to refine a national model of inter-university collaboration in Latin American Studies.

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Teacher Training

We also help internationalize curricula through a partnership with the Borough of Manhattan Community College. And through curriculum workshops with our Schools of Education, we bring meaningful area studies content to training of future teachers.

K-12 Outreach

The ILAS K-12 Outreach Program strives to enhance the professional capacity of teachers in New York City's multicultural environment and promote the inclusion of Latin American history and culture into students's classrooms and daily lives. Drawing on the expertise and support of faculty and students across Columbia, the program offers educators resources and opportunities to learn about creative ways of incorporating Latin American history and culture into their curricula.

Indigenous and Diasporic Language Consortium

The Indigenous and Diasporic Language Consortium of New York City is a partnership of ILAS, the Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute at Lehman College, and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University. Designed to promote the teaching, learning, and study of indigenous and diasporic languages of the Americas, the consortium allows currently enrolled students from each institution to study languages at the other and provides research and resources to support and promote the teaching and learning of Quechua, Haitian Kreyòl, Mixtec, and Nahuatl.