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UW students in Peru summer 2015: "La Brigada Muralista" San Lorenzo-Puente Piedra, Peru


The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program

The University of Washington's Latin American and Caribbean Studies program in the Jackson School of International Studies was established in 1992 and is committed to the advancement of scholarship and applied knowledge about Latin America.  Faculty, staff and students work in close collaboration to fulfill the program’s mission through research, interdisciplinary education, experiential and service learning, and community outreach.

The Latin American and Caribbean Studies major has become one of the largest and fastest-growing area studies programs in the School of International Studies. Graduates from this program go on to successful careers in business, government, education, non-governmental organizations, law, and other fields. Many also use the degree as a step toward graduate study in history, business administration, economics, anthropology, and other fields at top universities. The major’s popularity stems from an interdisciplinary curriculum that combines the strengths of regional and comparative international studies with study and research opportunities in specific academic disciplines. Students graduate with both a comprehensive understanding of Latin America and a rich knowledge of the global processes affecting the region and its people. Students can also pursue practical training in a thematic area of choice such as Media Studies, NGO Management, Immigration, or Gender Studies.

Check out the links to the left to find out more about our work, who we are, and what we can do for you!


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Read about LACS Affiliate Faculty Glennys Young recent trip to Cuba here


Learn about our Community Partner for this fall MÁS - Movimiento Afrolatino Seattle and all of the community and campus events LACS is sponsoring


UW students in Peru - Summer 2015!!

LACS Chair Tony Lucero and CHID Profesor Maria Elena García collaborated with Peruvian visual artists Jorge Miyagui and Mauricio Delgado in this unique Study Abroad experience!

"La Brigada Muralista" (The Mural Brigade)

San Lorenzo-Puente Piedra, Peru

"Pintamos con los niños de la Comunidad de San Lorenzo en Puente Piedra y estudiantes de la Universidad de Washington. Gracias a nuestros queridos amigos de El Quijote y su Manchita y a los Microcines del Grupo Chasqui por el bonito trabajo que hacen."

"We painted with the children of San Lorenzo community in Puente Piedra and UW students. Thanks to our friends from El Quijote y su Manchita and to the Microcines from Chasqui Group for the beautiful work they do."









Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Box 353650, 419 Thomson Hall
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 616-0998
Advising: (206) 543-6001

Dr. Josť Antonio Lucero

Dr. Linda Iltis
Academic Advisor
(206) 543-6001

Joni Marts
Academic Advisor
(206) 543-6001

Deb Raftus
LACS Librarian

Monica Rojas-Stewart
Assistant Director
(206) 616-0998