There are many ways to get involved with the Center for Latin American Studies. While we always welcome financial support, we also seek to engage alumni and friends through inclusion in our events and career advising.

Giving to CLAS is a powerful statement of your commitment to the rigorous scholarship, lively debate, and public engagement programs that are the hallmark of CLAS. Whether you support the Center by contributing your time and talents, or by making a financial gift, you are helping to advance the Center's mission. 

Why give?

A financial gift makes a notable difference with tangible and immediate benefits to our programs. Gifts support public engagement programs, student fellowships and professionalization, and innovative research; your support helps us train better scholars and increase public understanding of Latin America.

The gift of your time and expertise supports our efforts to provide regional knowledge and career advising to students in our programs. Alumni and friends can participate in our mentorship program, which promotes career exploration and advancement.

Who benefits?

Students and faculty affiliated with the Center for Latin American Studies are an extraordinary community. We are united in a commitment to improve knowledge and understanding of Latin America on our campus and in our communities—a commitment our alumni carry with them around the world.

How do I give?

  • Online—Make a gift through our secure online form. Under Area of Support, Select Social Sciences Division for School or Division and Center for Latin American Studies for Specific Fund.

  • By phone—To pay by credit card, please call 1.888.UCHICAGO (1.888.824.4224) and tell the call center staff that your gift is for the Center for Latin American Studies.

  • By mail—Send your gift by check, made payable to The University of Chicago*, to:
    The Center for Latin American Studies
    University of Chicago
    5848 South University Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60637
    *Please include "Center for Latin American Studies" in the memo line.

  • Volunteer your time—We encourage our alumni to register with the Center for Latin American Studies as we expand our alumni network and internship opportunities for students in the College. If you are interested in sharing your professional experiences with current students and other alumni, please reach out. We also invite contacts from alumni who are interested in sharing how Latin American Studies at the University of Chicago has affected their lives.

If you would like to discuss your giving or volunteering interests, please contact CLAS at (773) 702-8420 or However large or small, your gift will have a lasting impact on the quality of our programming and benefit the larger Latin American Studies community at the University of Chicago and beyond.