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The Center for US-Latin America Initiatives (CUSLAI) promotes research and educational initiatives in Latin American studies, and works to strengthen the intellectual and cultural connections between students and faculty at UT Dallas and their Latin American counterparts.

Originally created in 1995 as the Center for U.S.-Mexico Studies, CUSLAI expanded its scope in 2013 to include all of Latin America. This evolution reflects the expanding interconnectedness between the Latin American region and the UT Dallas community.

CUSLAI represents the truly interdisciplinary spirit of the university as a whole, drawing faculty associates from each of UT-Dallas's eight separate schools. The strength of CUSLAI's excellent faculty associates helps to ensure the Center's long-term success.

CUSLAI sponsors a variety of initiatives designed to enhance interconnectedness of the UT-Dallas community and the Latin American region as a whole. Programming includes:

  • Lectures and public talks that reflect an interdisciplinary approach to Latin American studies
  • Research grants for faculty and advanced graduate students
  • Provide assistance for Latin American Studies degree programs and student organizations
  • Support UT Dallas study abroad and cultural immersion activities in Latin America

For regular announcements and updates, please sign up for our email notifications a CUSLAI Discussion List or like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @cuslaiutd


Dr. Monica Rankin