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LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION INC

aka LASA   |   Pittsburgh, PA   |  https://lasaweb.org/en/

Mission

To foster intellectual discussion, research, and teaching on latin America, the caribbean, and its people throughout the Americas, pro mote the interests of its diverse membership, and encourage civic engagement through network building and public debate

Ruling year info

1969

Executive Director

Milagros Pereyra-Rojas

Main address

4338 Bigelow Blvd

Pittsburgh, PA 15213 USA

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EIN

52-0882881

NTEE code info

Professional Societies, Associations (V03)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

LASA International Congress

Every year, specialists on Latin America gather at the LASA International Congress. Featuring over 900 sessions, including plenary sessions and informal meetings, the Congress is the world's premier forum for expert discussion on Latin America and the Caribbean.

Population(s) Served
Academics
Students
Researchers

LACC features a small but highly informative museum display, as well as live programming in an intimate performance venue that highlights the diverse cultures, music, film, and current day issues of Latin America and the Caribbean. Exhibits and related programming will be open to school groups who wish to explore this incredible region of our world. A large exhibit gallery is reserved for featuring changing presentations of special topics related to this vast geographical area. Additionally, the facility has been beautifully renovated, and several gracious areas are available for rental.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Latin America Research Commons (LARC) is the first open-access publishing press dedicated to the publication of monographs in Spanish and Portuguese. It is an editorial project originated in the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) and its main goal is to ensure the widest possible dissemination of original monographs and journals in all disciplines related to Latin American studies.
It is oriented to ensure that scholars worldwide can find and access the research they need without economic or geographic barriers.

Population(s) Served
Academics

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

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LASA International Congress

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Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of total participants at the LASA international Congress.

Number of clients served

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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Total LASA members per year

Number of Facebook followers

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

LASA aims, as stated in its mission, to foster intellectual discussion, research, and teaching on Latin America, the Caribbean, and its people throughout the Americas, promote the interests of its diverse membership, and encourage civic engagement through network building and public debate.

LASA aims to accomplish its goals with the following activities:

LASA Annual Congress: Every year, specialists on Latin America gather at the LASA International Congress. Featuring over 900 sessions, including plenary sessions and informal meetings, a three-day Film Festival and a Book Exhibit, the Congress is the world's premier forum for expert discussion on Latin America and the Caribbean. The next International Congress, on the historic occasion of LASA's 50th Anniversary, will be held in New York City, May 27 – 30, 2016.

LASA Publications: LASA provides access to the Latin American Research Review (LARR), the premier U.S.-based journal in Latin American Studies and publishes the LASA Forum, a quarterly newsletter.

LASA Sections: LASA Sections exist to promote the common interest of Association members in specific areas of Latin American Studies. They are a means of increasing communication and interaction among persons of similar interests within the framework of the larger organization. For 2015 there are 36 Sections.

LASA counts with a permanent Secretariat and a rotating Executive Board which facilitates the implementation of policies as determined by the Board.

Accomplishments:
• During its past 10 Congresses, LASA has provided the opportunity to present and discuss more than 40,000 research studies.
• More than 500 scholars from developing countries benefit annually with travel grants to attend and present their research at LASA Congresses.
• Thanks to its open access initiative, LARR is available free of charge in all Latin American countries and soon will be open to the world.
• LASA has organized several missions to observe presidential elections in Latin American countries.
• LASA's Film Festival actively contributed to the dissemination of more than 250 significant films on Latin America over the last 10 years.
• LASA's Book Exhibit gathers more than 60 international publishers every year highlighting the latest publications on Latin America.
• As part of its outreach project, LASA assists smaller organizations with conference planning throughout the Americas.
• LASA acquired its own building at the end of 2019. This building serves as headquarters for the association and also houses the first Latin American Cultural Center and Museum in the United States showcasing arts, history and culture from Latin America.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Scholars, students and the public at large.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    LASA moved to an All Access fee (rather than membership and registration to the congress separately) to significantly decrease the cost of membership and registration fees and facilitate accessibility worldwide.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    A sense of belonging and empowerment has significantly increased, generating goodwill and loyalty towards the Association.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION INC

Board of directors
as of 11/23/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Margarita López-Maya

Universidad Central de Venezuela

Term: 2022 - 2023

Margarita López-Maya

Universidad Central de Venezuela

Jo-Marie Burt

George Washington University

Gerardo Otero

Simon Fraser University

Jennifer Pribble

University of Richmond

Montserrat Sagot

Universidad de Costa Rica

Gisela Zaremberg

FLACSO, Mexico

Verónica Schild

University of Western Ontario

Jennifer Cárcamo

University of California, Los Angeles

Yanina Welp

Graduate Institute

David Smilde

Tulane University

Milagros Pereyra-Rojas

University of Pittsburgh

Rosalva Aída Hernández Castillo

CIESAS, México

Beatriz Padilla

University of South Florida

Carmen Martínez-Novo

University of Florida

Natalia Majluf

Independent Scholar

Francisco Valdés Ugalde

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Gloria Chacón

University of California, San Diego

Aníbal Pérez-Liñán

University of Notre Dame

Laura Gutierrez

University of Texas, Austin

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/23/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

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