International Studies & Programs


CLACS Featured Stories

The following is a compilation of recent stories reflecting MSU's engagement with Latin American and the Caribbean. 

Engaged Pedagogies

With support from CLACS, Professor Rocio Quispe Agnoli has been working on the Engaged Pedagogies project which is discussed in this article and in this video.


An Afrodescendent Businesswoman in the Spanish Empire of the 16th Century

Associate Professor in the Department of History, David Wheat, received a fellowship from the National Endowment for Humanities for his research about Catalina Dos Santos.

Comprehensive Empowerment of Women in Rural Colombia

Maria Alejandra García is a Ph.D. candidate in Community Sustainability at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. She studies the complexities of programs to empower women in Latin America. 


Why should international students come to MSU?

MSU Latin American students tell us why coming to MSU was their best decision.

Latin American Spartans welcome new students from the region

Current students from Latin America reach out to welcome and support the incoming class

Monarch Butterfly Project (Proyecto Mariposa Monarca)

MSU Researches at the Departments of Entomology and Forestry describe the importance of understanding Monarch butterfly overwintering grounds in Mexico.

[Investigadores de los Departamentos de Entomología y Forestales de MSU describen la importancia de entender los lugares de hibernación de la mariposa monarca en México.]

Learning from the Collapse of an Ecosystem in Mexico

MSU Assistant Professor Abigail Bennett from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources talks about her research on sea cucumbers, socioecological systems, and the importance of studying when such systems reach their limits.

Saving Tapirs to Save the Nicaraguan Forests

Master's Student in Fisheries and Wildlife Armando Dans studies how deforestation, hunting, and forests fires are affecting the survival of Tapirs in Nicaragua and why is that a problem for the entire ecosystem.

Casa Pueblo and Arturo Massol

MSU alumni Arturo Massol shares how his community in Puerto Rico successfully confronted the energy crisis after Hurricane Maria.

How Cherán defeated narcos

Spartan studied how an indigenous community successfully fought drug cartels and took back control over their forest.

Using MSU's technology to save the Amazon

PhD student Leonardo Ziccardi is using unique equipment developed at MSU to compile evidence on the effects of climate change in the Amazon rain forest.

Master's student designs improved methods to teach English to blind students in Colombia

Maritza Medina created a set of tactual cards that combine with a website to facilitate the teaching of English pronunciation to visually impaired learners.

Forensic research to repatriate remains of Latin American immigrants

PhD Student in Forensic Anthropology, Kelly Kamnikar, studies craniums from cemeteries in Mexico, El Salvador, and Guatemala. Find out how such work will help families find the remains of their loved ones who immigrated to the US and never came back.

MSU & Radical Coffee

Spartans open up market for coffee growing community from Guatemala.

Spartan Research Supports Conservation Efforts by Indigenous People in the Caribbean

Joel Betts' master research on the impact of illegal chemical fishing and deforestation is helping the Rama and Kriol people protect their environment in Nicaragua.

CLACS Alum Rowenn Kalman Wins Award for Outstanding Dissertation

Alum Rowenn Kalman analyzes the complex relationships among rural Andean communities, NGOs, and mining companies over management of water resources in Peru.

Gender and Livelihoods Below the Dam

Ph.D. student Laura Castro studies the impact of dams on rural fishing communities in Brazil and how they affect men and women differently.

Marissa Weil, Study Abroad Community-Based Research and Engagement Program

Marissa is one of our 2018 undergraduate scholarship recipients. Watch Marisa share her experiences living in the Peruvian Andes while participating in the Community-Based Research and Engagement Program. Learn why she believes all students should study abroad. Apply for the CLACS Undergraduate Scholarship to study abroad in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2020. The Application deadline is October 10, 2020.

Alumni features: The Merciers from Panama

Granddaughter and grandfather meet at MSU to share their thoughts about studying at the University. Marlene graduated in spring 2018 and her grandfather came back from Panama for the first time in half a century to see her walk in her commencement ceremony.

The Urgency of a Black Feminist Solidarity Project in The Americas

Dr. Keisha-Khan Perry looks into the importance of black women's political work in Latin America, political movements across borders, and creating diasporic community.

Celebrating Romelia Widders

CLACS has prepared this video to celebrate the lifework of Romelia Widders as she retires from Michigan State University. As Assistant Director of the Office of Admissions, Romelia not only recruited and inspired thousands of Latin American students to pursue higher education at MSU, she also supported them throughout their education to overcome the many difficulties international students face.


From Bomba to "Perreo Combativo" in Puerto Rico

PhD student Kiana Gonzalez-Cedeno talks about her dissertation research on Puerto Rican Popular Culture. She focuses on Lamentations as way to record histories for those without access to hegemonic power and a way to fight against colonization.


MSU and the UN FAO write Guidelines for Ecosystems Restoration that will be distributed worldwide

These guidelines will be disseminated around the world to organizations, governments, and all groups that do ecosystem restoration. The focus of the guidelines is improving livelihoods and food security of those communities that depend on those ecosystems.