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The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) promotes interest in and knowledge of Latin America through public events, K12 outreach, and professional learning opportunities for teachers.  We also partner with Salt Lake Community College and community organizations such as Artes de Mexico en Utah.  CLAS supports the instruction of less commonly taught languages spoken in Latin America as well as the development of language courses across disciplines (CLAC). We collaborate with diverse entities to strengthen a K-career pipeline for language and area studies education that will produce fully bilingual or multilingual college graduates prepared to use their language and cultural skills in professional settings.

The Center for Latin American Studies is in a unique position to promote language study as Utah leads the nation in K12 dual immersion, currently offered in Spanish, Portuguese, French, German and Chinese.

Mention CLASP outreachcommittee and ongoing presentations at School district PD days, UFLA, other local and regional conferences.

Gathered here are resources for educators, students and the general public.  If you have any questions or would like to speak about collaborating with the office please send a message to:

K-16 Outreach Coordinator
Luciano Marzulli 

These recorded lectures and citations offer an in-depth exploration of the Global content of the AP art history curriculum that was updated in 2015. You can find more information here.

Once a month in 2020, the World Area Book Awards, comprised of Américas Award, Africana Book Award, Freeman Book Award, Middle East Book Award, and the South Asia Book Award, will sponsor a 60 minute webinar on a book recognized by one of the awards.

Follow this link to register:

To learn more about Mayan history, culture and contemporary issues please explore this list of recommended books, articles, and films curated by the staff at the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Utah here.

For resources on Latin America for K12 teachers, including lesson plans, click here.

Find more information about educator workshops through the Tanner Humanities Center here.

The Univeristy of Utah's Asia Center and Center for Latin American Studies prioritiezes their relationships with community partners. You can find more information here.

The READ-U program intends to tackle challenging and varied subjects by establishing a College-based community resource where Wasatch Front families and educators can access quality diverse books in themed sets, curated by faculty with expertise in children’s literature, literacy, and socioemotional development. The University of Utah’s NRCs are both supporting teacher pedagogy training related to international children’s literature as a means to integrate Asian and Latin American studies into elementary school curricula. Follow this link to learn more about the READ U book sets and resources

The University of Utah offers students the exciting opportunity to apply their proficiency in a second language to the study of academic content in fields such as Art History, Communication, History, Marketing, Sociology and Political Science. Click here for more information.

Last Updated: 4/15/20