Building on the breadth and depth of faculty expertise on Latin American and Latino Studies at American University, CLALS has also reached beyond campus to engage scholars from the following academic institutions, including universities and research institutes in Latin America:
- The Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales-Costa Rica (FLACSO-CR) collaborates with CLALS on its Ford Foundation-funded work on Elites and Power in Central America.
- The Instituto Nacional de Estudos Sobre os Estados Unidos (INCT/INEU) was a contributor to the Hemisphere in Flux project.
- The Mid-Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies (MACLAS) selected CLALS to sponsor the MACLAS annual conference in 2012.
- CLALS collaborated with the University of British Columbia's Andean Democracy Research Network on a project examining mechanisms of direct participation in Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Uruguay. The project concluded with the edited volume, New Institutions of Participatory Democracy in Latin America: Voice and Consequence.
- CLALS works closely with the Universidad de la Habana to coordinate the Cuba Initiative, funded by the Christopher Reynolds Foundation.
- The Universidad Rafael Landívar contributes as a research partner to the project on Elites and Power in Central America and co-hosted the project's February 2012 conference in Guatemala.
CLALS serves as an academic resource for civil society organizations working to expand understanding, raise awareness, change policies, and provide services. CLALS partners with the following diverse think-tanks and NGOs in the DC metro area and beyond:
- To further its work on Latino entrepreneurs in the DC metropolitan area, CLALS has partnered with BizLaunch, an entrepreneurial assistance network located in Northern Virginia.
- The Broward County Cultural Division has partnered with CLALS to assess the impact of creative and cultural industries on the future of Latin America's economy.
- CentroNia, CLALS, and AU's School of Education, Teaching, and Health (SETH) performed an in-depth evaluation of how CentroNia'a cultural and arts-based after-school program affects Latino youth.
- The Mexican National Council for Culture and the Arts (El Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes-CONACULTA) and CLALS have entered into a three-year partnership to bring leading Mexican artists to deliver formal presentations and meet with faculty and students at AU.
- The Coordinadora Regional de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales (CRIES) collaborated with CLALS on the Hemisphere in Flux project.
- The Corporación de Estudios para Latinoamérica (CIEPLAN) collaborates with CLALS on a research project examining emergent issues and challenges in Latin American and Caribbean economies.
- The Instituto Centroamericano de Estudios Fiscales (ICEFI) collaborates with CLALS on the Elites and Power in Central America project.
- The Inter-American Development Bank's Culture, Creativity, and Solidarity Affairs Division and Culture Center has partnered with CLALS to assess the impact of creative and cultural industries on Latin America's economy.
- The Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC), in coordination with CLALS and the Kogod School of Business, assisted in an initial phase of research examining Latino entrepreneurs in the DC Metro area.
- The Mexican Cultural Institute of Washington, D.C., in collaboration with CONACULTA, has partnered with CLALS to bring leading Mexican artists and intellectuals to AU.
- The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and CLALS partnered to explore the dynamics of discrimination against Latinos.
- The Programa Salvadoreño de Investigación sobre Desarrollo y Medio Ambiente (PRISMA) collaborates with CLALS on its Ford Foundation-funded work on Elites and Power in Central America.