The Committee on U.S.-Latin American Relations (CUSLAR) is a Cornell University-based organization, founded in 1965, which seeks to promote mutual understanding among the people of the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. The members of CUSLAR are a diverse group of people united in our concern about the role of the United States in the social, political and economic affairs of the region. CUSLAR supports the right of the people of Latin America and the Caribbean to self-determination and control over decisions that affect their lives and communities.
CUSLAR’s educational programming, which includes the Paulo Freire Engaged Practitioners Program, a regular film series at Cornell University, hosting speakers and holding cultural events, constitutes the core of the organization’s work toward its mission. In addition, CUSLAR offers Spanish and Spanish for Families classes throughout the year to students and the broader Ithaca-area community.
CUSLAR facilitates connections with Latin American researchers and social movement leaders and organizations in the U.S. Northeast through speaking tours and educational exchanges. The organizational office, located at Anabel Taylor Hall at Cornell University, is a resource center for researchers, volunteers, and others who work or travel throughout the hemisphere. The CUSLAR library has over 1,500 books and dozens of periodicals and documentaries relating to the region.