CLACS Diversity Statement
The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) values diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our mission is to study and educate about one of the world’s most linguistically, culturally, and ethnically diverse regions – Latin America and the Caribbean. Our affiliate faculty come from the United States, Latin America, and beyond, representing a variety of cultures, nationalities, linguistic traditions, races, genders, and religious and social backgrounds.
We seek to ensure that our faculty, students, and staff are respected and welcomed. We thrive on our diversity, which comes from the variety of races, ethnicities, national origins, sexual orientations, genders, cultures, religions, physical abilities, and political viewpoints represented in our community.
We are committed to:
- Building a diverse, inclusive community;
- Supporting diversity in Latin America and the Caribbean through our teaching of less commonly taught languages and their cultures and through our Minority Languages and Cultures Project. This project works with local partners to preserve the region’s linguistic diversity and to encourage language revitalization through faculty and student research;
- Fostering an atmosphere in which our faculty, students, and staff treat each other with respect and civility.
Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is to collectively reflect diverse perspectives and a wide range of views and to generate debate on world regions, in particular, Latin America, the Caribbean, and their various nations and sub-regions. We are committed to giving voice to viewpoints from across the ideological spectrum and generating productive debate on world affairs, while respecting the academic freedom of our faculty and students.