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Latin American Studies Association (LASA) 

Web: https://www.lasaweb.org

The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is the largest professional Association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. With over 12,000 members, over 65 percent of whom reside outside the United States, LASA is the one association that brings together experts on Latin America from all disciplines and diverse occupational endeavors across the globe.

LASA's mission is to foster intellectual discussion, research, and teaching on Latin America, the Caribbean, and its people throughout the Americas, promote the interests of its diverse membership, and encourage civic engagement through network building and public debate.

Every year, specialists on Latin America gather at the LASA International Congress. Featuring over 900 sessions, including plenary sessions and informal meetings, the Congress is the world's premier forum for expert discussion on Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Association advances the Latin Americanist community in numerous other ways. It provides access to the Latin American Research Review, the premier U.S.-based journal in Latin American studies; it publishes the LASA Forum, a quarterly newsletter; it alerts members to professional opportunities; it recognizes scholarly achievement and it represents Latin Americanists' interests and views before the U.S. government and at times to governments elsewhere.


North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA)

Web: https://nacla.org

The North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) is an independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1966 that works toward a world in which the nations and peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean are free from oppression and injustice, and enjoy a relationship with the United States based on mutual respect, free from economic and political subordination. To that end, our mission is to provide information and analysis on the region, and on its complex and changing relationship with the United States, as tools for education and advocacy - to foster knowledge beyond borders. 

NACLA has been, for the last 50 years, the premiere source of information—providing English-language news and analysis not found anywhere else—for journalists, policymakers, activists, students and scholars in North America and throughout the world.


Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO)

Web: https://flacso.org

La Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) es un organismo internacional constituido por 18 Estados Miembros que actualmente desarrolla actividades académicas en 15 países de América Latina y el Caribe.

La FLACSO fue creada en el año 1957. Desde esa fecha, se ha consolidado como organismo internacional latinoamericano y caribeño, de carácter académico, autónomo, dedicado a la promoción, enseñanza, investigación y la cooperación en el ámbito de las Ciencias Sociales. Originalmente la FLACSO se desarrolló sólo en Chile (1957-1974). A partir de 1974 comenzó su expansión geográfica, que en la actualidad se expresa en las siete Sedes Académicas, seis Programas y dos Proyectos.

La FLACSO ha realizado un importante aporte al desarrollo de las Ciencias Sociales en América Latina y el Caribe. Ha formado a alrededor de 10.000 especialistas, profesores(as) y académicos(as) a lo largo de su historia.

Desde sus inicios ha sido concebida como un espacio regional autónomo para la producción de nuevo conocimiento; como un punto de encuentro, diálogo y cooperación entre la academia y el mundo de las políticas públicas y como un espacio privilegiado para la contribución a la integración y el desarrollo latinoamericano y caribeño.


Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales (CLACSO)

Web: https://www.clacso.org.ar

The Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO) is a non-governmental international organization with UNESCO associate status, established in 1967. We currently bring together 657 research centers and graduate schools in the field of the social sciences and humanities in 51 Latin American countries and other continents. 

10 Principal Objectives 

  • To promote social research in order to combat poverty and inequality, strengthen human rights as well as democratic participation.
  • To advance the promotion of sustainable development policies along economic, social and environmental lines through the contributions of academic research and critical thinking.
  • To build bridges between social research and public policy, fostering innovative, creative and feasible actions to address the great social, educational, cultural and environmental challenges facing Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • To support the networking among researchers and institutions operating in the field of the social sciences and humanities.
  • To strengthen the academic internationalization processes in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • To expand South-South and South-North academic cooperation and dialogue.
  • To encourage the development and consolidation of the social sciences and critical thinking in the poorest countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • To participate in national and regional public debates, providing the perspectives and contributions of social research based on results.
  • To collaborate in the training of governmental actors, social activists and media professionals in social, educational, cultural and environmental issues, bringing them closer to the problems addressed by the social sciences and facts provided by social research.
  • To provide conditions for open access to Latin American and Caribbean academic productions, thereby, democratizing the access to knowledge and allowing for its more active use by public policymakers, social and civic organizations, the press and the university system.

 10 Key Areas of Action

  • Reducing inequalities and social injustice.
  • Combating racism, and ethnic and gender discrimination.
  • Assisting in the development of guarantees and legal protection in migration and human mobility processes.
  • Defending public education and the accessibility of the right to quality education for all.
  • Contributing to the development of peace processes.
  • Advocating open access and the democratization of knowledge.
  • Promoting citizen security policies and combating violence.
  • Advancing children and youth rights.
  • Encouraging participation, citizen mobilization and the strengthening of democracy.
  • Fostering sustainable economic, social and environmental development policies.


Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

Web: https://www.cepal.org

The Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLA) -the Spanish acronym is CEPAL- was established by Economic and Social Council resolution 106(VI) of 25 February 1948 and began to function that same year. The scope of the Commission's work was later broadened to include the countries of the Caribbean, and by resolution 1984/67 of 27 July 1984, the Economic Council decided to change its name to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC); the Spanish acronym, CEPAL, remains unchanged.

ECLAC, which is headquartered in Santiago, Chile, is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations. It was founded with the purpose of contributing to the economic development of Latin America, coordinating actions directed towards this end, and reinforcing economic ties among countries and with other nations of the world. The promotion of the region's social development was later included among its primary objectives.

In June 1951, the Commission established the ECLAC subregional headquarters in Mexico City, which serves the needs of the Central American subregion, and in December 1966, the ECLAC subregional headquarters for the Caribbean was founded in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. In addition, ECLAC maintains country offices in Buenos Aires, Brasilia, Montevideo and Bogotá, as well as a liaison office in Washington, D.C


Center for Puerto Rican Studies (CENTRO)

Web: https://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu

Centro is a research institute that is dedicated to the study and interpretation of the Puerto Rican experience in the United States and that produces and disseminates relevant interdisciplinary research. Centro also collects, preserves, and provides access to library resources documenting Puerto Rican history and culture. We seek to link scholarship to social action and policy debates and to contribute to the betterment of our community and enrichment of Puerto Rican studies.


Dominican Studies Institute

Web: https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/

Founded in 1992 and housed at The City College of New York, the Dominican Studies Institute of the City University of New York (CUNY DSI) is the nation's first university-based research institute devoted to the study of people of Dominican descent in the United States and other parts of the world. CUNY DSI's mission is to produce and disseminate research and scholarship about Dominicans, and about the Dominican Republic. CUNY DSI is the locus for a community of scholars, including doctoral fellows, in the field of Dominican Studies and sponsors multidisciplinary research projects. 

The Institute houses the Dominican Archives and the Dominican Library, the first and only institutions in the United States collecting primary and secondary source material about people of Dominican descent. In 2010, the Institute opened its Archives and Library facility to art exhibitions, thus becoming the first exhibit space in New York City devoted exclusively to work by and about people of Dominican descent.  The Institute organizes lectures, conferences, and exhibitions that are open to the public.

The Institute is headed by renowned sociologist and public intellectual Ramona Hernández, Ph.D., author of pioneering texts in the areas of migration, labor, and Dominican studies. She is a trustee of the Sociological Initiatives Foundation.


Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics

Web: https://hemisphericinstitute.org

The Hemispheric Institute connects artists, scholars, and activists from across the Americas and creates new avenues for collaboration and action. Focusing on social justice, we research politically engaged performance and amplify it through gatherings, courses, publications, and archives. Our dynamic, multilingual network traverses disciplines and borders and is grounded in the fundamental belief that artistic practice and critical reflection can spark lasting cultural change.

Founded in 1998 at New York University, Hemi has built an Americas-wide network that includes over 60 member universities and affiliated cultural centers, dozens of collaborating human rights and social justice organizations, and thousands of individuals who participate in our programs. Hemi offers an anti-colonial model for engagement between ‘north’ and ‘south’ by promoting multi-sited, multilingual collaborations and acknowledging everyone as a potential producer of art and knowledge. Hemi convenes large-scale international gatherings every two years; publishes original scholarship via online platforms; supports emerging artists, scholars, and activists; and historically preserves documentation of performance practices. Hemi has received support from the Ford, Henry Luce, Mellon, Nathan Cummings, and Rockefeller Foundations, among others.


Afrolatin@ Forum

Web: http://www.afrolatinoforum.org 

The afrolatin@ forum raises awareness of Latin@s of African descent in the United States. We advance the visibility of Black Latin@s through dialogue and action and promote an understanding of the afrolatin@ experience. The emphasis is guided by a transnational perspective that recognizes the centrality of race in today’s global reality and the struggle for social justice.