Much of what we do is embodied by LACSI’s Initiatives, as shown below. These interdisciplinary collaborations serve as incubators for ideas and instruments for social change. Please consider participating in one of the Initiatives, or supporting the vital work being done through them in the areas of outreach, education, and research. We look forward to hearing from you!
Promoting PanCaribbean Studies with an emphasis on languages, cultures, and art
The University of Georgia (UGA) Caribbean Studies Group is an interdisciplinary initiative formed to bring together scholars, students, activists, artists and other professionals with research, teaching, creative and professional interests in the circum-Caribbean to raise greater awareness of different facets of the Caribbean while facilitating enriching programs within and outside of the University of Georgia.
A Latin American Garden Oasis on the UGA Campus for Outreach, Instruction, and Research
Managed by LACSI since it’s opening in October of 1998, the University of Georgia Latin American Ethnobotanical Garden is a unique, one acre green space behind Baldwin Hall on UGA’s north campus. The
Bringing Latin America to Georgia’s K-12 Schools
The mission of the K-12 Service and Education Initiative at LACSI is to expand on its longstanding educational outreach commitments with K-12 educators and students at the local and state level. LACSI serves as a resource to K-12 educators working to meet Georgia Performance Standards as they relate to Latin American content in the social, natural, and life sciences.
The mission of the Language Without Borders Initiative at LACSI is to promote and enhance the exchange of languages, bodies of knowledge, and individuals between the University of Georgia and Latin America.
Supporting Latin American Indigenous Languages Through Research, Teaching, Service, and Advocacy
The Mission of the Latin American Indigenous Languages initiative is comprised of four areas, focusing on research, teaching, service, and advocacy.
Promoting Knowledge of Latin America Through the Arts
The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute is committed to providing opportunities for UGA students, faculty and the general public to develop an in-depth understanding and appreciation of the region and its cultural diversity through the arts.
Promoting DH / Cyber critical knowledge and socio-cultural-artistic practices
The Mission of the Latin American and Latino Digital Humanities / Cyberculture (LAT-DH/C) is to establish a internal and external collaborative group at LACSI-UGA, dedicated to exploring, analyzing, and sharing the cultural, literary, visual, and linguistic modalities of electronic / digital textual production in Latin American countries (and by Latino/a artists, writers, and critics) through seminars, symposia, courses, exhibitions, and workshops for anyone interested in the Digital turn that the Humanities have taken already.
Promoting and Enhancing Learning in the Areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
The mission of the Latin American and Latino Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Initiative at LACSI is to promote STEM education in Latin America and among immigrants to the US from Latin America through collaborative projects involving UGA faculty and institutions of higher education and/or governments.
Promoting agricultural systems that meet our current needs while ensuring the wellbeing of future generations
LACSI believes one of the best ways to help is through education–training the next generation of Latin American agricultural specialists to tackle problems of food security in a sustainable manner. The Institute has been carrying out collaborative student exchanges with EARTH University (Escuela de Agricultura de la Región Tropical Húmida), located in Guasimo, Costa Rica, since 1998.
Hemispheric concern and relevancy to the sustainability of mountain communities
The mission is to nurture scholarly activities associated with geoecological research on rural landscapes (cf. farmscapes) of the Americas, by providing means to observe, dialogue and explore various issues affecting the tropical mountains
LACSI’s PORTAL initiative seeks to unite faculty, students, advocates, community-based and faith-based service providers, policy makers and other stakeholders committed to researching and addressing the systemic issues that impact the U.S. Latino community’s ability to meet their needs, achieve self-sufficiency and exercise their inalienable human and civil rights. We do this by facilitating sustainable multidisciplinary collaborations in research, education, and public service and outreac.