Our Mission

CLAS' mission is to foster an academic community that serves as a multidisciplinary platform to enable learning from and engaging with the Americas, understood as the diverse ethnic, linguistic, cultural, biological and historical geography shared with the United States and Canada. CLAS is committed to “promote the public welfare by exercising an influence in behalf of humanity and civilization” (Stanford University founding grant) and to advance scientific knowledge that strengthens social, economic and environmental justice, sustainability, inclusion and democracy in our hemisphere.

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2022-23 Tinker Visiting Professors

 Arturo Izurieta Valery has extensive experience in research and management of protected areas and local communities in islands, emphasizing the relationship between environmental health and human wellbeing. He has worked for more than 30 years on strategic projects and facilitating relations between government authorities, local actors, academia and science from Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Australia, Malaysia and Central America…


It is with great pleasure that we announce Professor Héctor Hoyos as the new director of the Stanford University Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS). Director Héctor Hoyos's appointment will begin in Winter 2024.
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Did you know that the Stanford Language Center is offering Nahuatl, Quechua, and Haitian Creole courses for credit this academic year 2022-23? These language courses are offered in 3-quarter sequences starting in autumn quarter, and completion of the first-year third quarter course fulfills the Stanford Language Requirement.  


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