The Latin American and Caribbean Center at Florida International University was founded in 1979 to promote the study of Latin America and the Caribbean in Florida and throughout the United States. By forging linkages across the Americas through high quality education, research aimed at better understanding and addressing the most urgent problems confronting the region. LACC is part of a consortium designated by the US Department of Education as a National Resource Center on Latin America, recognizing it as one of the top Latin American and Caribbean Centers in the world.
LACC draws upon the expertise of one of the largest concentrations of Latin American and Caribbean Studies scholars of any university in the country, spanning a multitude of disciplines across colleges. LACC faculty associates have produced important scholarship in such areas as migration; U.S./Latin American relations; trade and integration in the Americas; indigenous cultures; economic stabilization and democratization; sustainable development; religion; environmental technology, and arts and humanities.
An integral component in FIU’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), LACC offers a number of academic programs including a nationally recognized Master of Arts in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and several certificate degrees. Located in Miami, a city known as “The Gateway to Latin America,” LACC’s students and faculty study within the heart of the region, both physically and culturally, benefiting from unique opportunities for study and research. The interdisciplinary nature of LACC programs encourages students to think critically and creatively about major issues facing the hemisphere.