CLAS Outreach


The Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt seeks to expand awareness and knowledge of Latin America in K-16 settings. On average, CLAS organizes 150 educational and cultural events per year; the impact of these efforts is amplified through teachers who attend many of our events. In 2018-2019, more than 125,000 people attended CLAS events and more than 100,000 students received CLAS content.

Our outreach strategy builds upon faculty areas of expertise in ways that simultaneously enrich research and teaching. The Center collaborates with area organizations such as Cheekwood, the Frist, OZ Arts Nashville, the Global Education Center, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the Nashville Public Library, the Nashville Opera and the Adventure Science Center to expand our outreach in the community, as well as the Library of Congress, ReadWorks, Teaching for Change, and other institutions nationwide.

In addition to educational events and teacher workshops, we also provide resources for classroom use in the form of online curriculum resourcesa lending libraryculture boxes, and guest speakers upon request.

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Teacher Advisory Board

The Teacher Advisory Board consists of thoughtful educational leaders who advise the Outreach Coordinator.  These educators act as ambassadors for CLAS in their schools and districts, provide honest feedback on the teacher workshops and events, and articulate programming recommendations for the future.  These educators represent a variety of schools, grades, and areas of expertise.

2019-2020 Board:

Emily Baughman – McGavock High School
Stephanie Knight – Center for Applied Second Language Studies, University of Oregon
Maria Milliken – Maplewood High School
Sharlyn Scott– Desert Vista High School (Phoenix, AZ)
Dalila Suarez – Lipscomb University, Glencliff High School

Outreach Contact

Colleen McCoy
Outreach Coordinator