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The Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean strives to be an interdisciplinary center of excellence promoting distinguished scholarship, teaching, and service to the community, both local and global.


The mission of ISLAC is to promote the study of Latin America and the Caribbean in collaboration with USF’s strategic plan for internationalization. ISLAC is an academic unit devoted to interdisciplinary research and teaching focused on economic, social, political and cultural formations in Latin America and the Caribbean and among the Hispanic/Latino populations in North America. All ISLAC academic programs are interdisciplinary, flexible and applied. The Institute fosters greater knowledge of Latin America and the Caribbean, and Latino issues by providing research support for USF faculty and students, and through partnerships with community organizations and other USF departments to sponsor lectures and cultural events. ISLAC faculty and staff are engaged with USF administration to strengthen community ties and to advance the internationalization of USF programs, research, curricula, faculty and students.

As a uniquely placed member of the USF academic community, ISLAC is at the forefront of helping the University achieve its Strategic Priorities in the following ways:

Integrated, Interdisciplinary Inquiry
ISLAC is, by its very nature, a multidisciplinary partnership of faculty, students, and community stakeholders. As such, the Institute provides an institutional framework for interdisciplinary research and teaching. This collaboration results in scholarly endeavors that yield creative solutions to diverse problems across Latin America and the Caribbean and of potentially global importance.

Research and Innovation
ISLAC is dedicated to the generation, dissemination, and translation of new knowledge across disciplines and to the design and the support of sustainable, healthy communities. To this end, the Institute is committed to attracting external funding from both public and private sources to establish a strong and sustainable economic base.

Global Literacy and Impact
The study of Latin America and the Caribbean is inherently global. ISLAC-affiliated faculty are at the forefront of projects that foster global understanding, solutions to global issues, and preparation for an increasingly globalized world. Additionally, ISLAC-affiliated faculty and students value proficiency in world languages, study abroad opportunities, and applied work in communities. ISLAC plays an important role in adding value to undergraduate and graduate curricula regardless of discipline or area of study.

Community Engagement
ISLAC facilitates a wide variety of outreach initiatives that engage with local and regional communities. The Institute and ISLAC-affiliated faculty participate in strategic partnerships, applied research, and service learning projects that advance understanding of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Student Success
Students are at the core of our Mission. ISLAC-affiliated courses are learner-centered, promote critical thinking, technological innovation, and support interdisciplinary inquiry resulting in globally competitive undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. This student-centered approach produces graduates who are prepared for success in their chosen fields.