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Center for Latin American & Latino Studies


Latin American/Latino Studies
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Spring Valley, Room 521

Stinchcomb, Dennis A
Assistant Director for Research

Latin American/Latino Studies

Washington, DC 20016-8137

About Us

The Center for Latin American & Latino Studies, established in January 2010, is a campus-wide initiative advancing and disseminating state-of-the-art research. Our faculty affiliates and partners are at the forefront of efforts to understand economic development, democratic governance, cultural diversity and change, peace and diplomacy, health, education and environmental well-being. CLALS generates high quality, timely analysis on these and other issues in partnership with researchers and practitioners from AU and beyond.

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New Project: The Impact of Central American Child & Family Migration on U.S. Communities

Over the summer, CLALS launched a project to assess the impact of Central American child and family migration on localities across the U.S. With funding from the Borders, Trade, and Immigration (BTI) Institute at the University of Houston (UH), researchers at CLALS and UH are collecting data in three major receiving communities – the Washington, DC metropolitan area, the greater Houston metropolitan area, and North Carolina – to assess newcomers’ access to education, health and human services, and legal services. Project findings will be transitioned into recommendations and resources for dissemination to relevant constituencies via case studies of each research site, service area briefs, and public stakeholder briefings hosted in Washington, DC and Houston.

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CLALS In the News

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As a part of the Religion & Climate Change in Cross-Regional Perspective initiative, CLALS co-hosted an event on July 10 with the Wilson Center's Environmental Change & Security Program. This new article from New Security Beat highlights the event's discussion, namely the impact of religious actors in climate diplomacy for Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

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AU News

Incoming AU President

Sylvia Burwell is American University's fifteenth president, and the first woman to serve as president. She served as the 22nd Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under President Obama from 2014 to 2017. Previously, President Burwell spent 11 years at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in various roles, including President of the Global Development Program. For more information on AU's new president, please click here

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Grant Highlights

Open Society Foundations granted the Center $100,000 to undertake an initiative to monitor, analyze, and enhance public understanding of the performance of the Mission Against Corruption and Impunity (MACCIH) in Honduras.

The Christopher Reynolds Foundation has generously provided funds to support the Center's Central American Refugee Policy and Assistance project (CARPA), which builds on findings from the Central American Migration Research initiative.

CLALS received a grant from the National Science Foundation to convene a January 2017 workshop to enhance scholarship and better inform decision-making on asylum claims submitted by Central Americans.

AU's Office of the Provost has awarded CLALS a Faculty Research Support Grant to launch a pilot study of the school integration experiences of resettled migrant youth in the DC-metro area.

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