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 Assessing the Role of Central American Elites, a project funded by the Ford Foundation.
- The Instituto Nacional de Estudos Sobre os Estados Unidos is 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.
- The Program on International and Comparative Environmental Law, Washington College of Law and CLALS are developing a project exploring social inclusion and preparation for natural disasters relating to climate change in El Salvador.
- CLALS collaborated with the University of British Columbia, Andean Democracy Research Network on "Representation and Participation in Latin America," to examine 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 Assessing Central American Elites project 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:
- The American Friends Service Committee commissioned CLALS to provide analysis of post-earthquake Haiti.
- CentroNia, CLALS and SETH have joined together to perform 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 agreement 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) collaborates 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 in the Assessing Central American Elites project.
- The Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC), in coordination with CLALS and the Kogod School of Business, has launched a research project to examine Latino entrepreneurs in the DC Metro area.
- The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and CLALS entered into an agreement to explore the dynamics of discrimination against Latinos.
- The Programa Salvadoreño de Investigación sobre Desarrollo y Medio Ambiente (PRISMA) joined the Assessing Central American Elites project in February 2012.