Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

The St. John’s University Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) was established in 1994. Its policy is grounded in the University's Vincentian mission and a commitment to global education.  As a metropolitan university whose main campuses areas located in one of the major urban centers of the world, St. John's is acutely aware of the increasing importance of the U.S. economy on Latin American and Caribbean trading sectors through NAFTA and other agreements.

Observing the rapid growth of Hispanic populations in New York and across the U.S., St. John's also recognizes its historic responsibility to this sector of new Americans. The Center, under the auspices of the Office of the Provost, comprises faculty and administrators whose research, teaching and professional involvement demonstrate a serious commitment to the study of Latin America and the Caribbean. These scholars serve as liaisons and support resources within their schools, disciplines and departments.

Contact Information

Alina Camacho-Gingerich, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Chair, Department of Languages and Literatures
St. John Hall, Room B3A
[email protected]
[email protected]

Additional Information

  • Alina Camacho-Gingerich, Ph.D., Director
  • Steven Alvarez, Ph.D.
  • Natalie Byfield, Ph.D​.
  • Raj Chetty, Ph.D.
  • Jeremy Cruz Ph.D.
  • Anthony Gabb, Ph.D.
  • Anne Galvin, Ph.D.
  • Marie-Lise Gazarian, Ph.D.
  • Louis J. Gesualdi, Ph.D.
  • Rafael Art. Javier, Ph.D.
  • Yvonne Pratt-Johnson, Ed.D.
  • Flora Keshishian, Ph.D.
  • Belenna Mesa Lauto, M.A.
  • Azzedine Layachi, Ph.D.
  • Frank Le Veness, Ph.D.
  • Jared E. Littman, M.P.A.
  • Philip Misevich, Ph.D.
  • Eduardo Mitre, Ph.D.
  • William Alex Morel, M.F.A.
  • Basilio Monteiro, Ph.D.
  • Audrey Murphy, Ed.D.
  • Jay Nathan, Ph.D.
  • Samuel Ortiz, Ph.D.
  • Somnath Pal, Ph.D.
  • Matthew Pucciarelli, Ph.D.
  • Alejandro Quintana, Ph.D.
  • Habibeh Rahim, Ph.D.
  • Robert Jay Rivera, Ph.D.
  • Miguel Roig, Ph.D.
  • David Rosenthal, Ph.D.
  • Anthony B. Rodriguez, Ph.D.
  • Jaime E. Rodiguez, Ph.D.
  • Rev. Jean-Pierre Ruiz, S.T.D
  • Roberta Villalon, Ph.D.
  • Trevor Waddell, M.A.

Offered by the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies

September 4, 2018 - June 30, 2019

Free Adult Literacy and English As a Second Language (ESL) Classes

Adult Basic Education (ABE) / High School Equivalence (HSE)

Monday6:30 -9:30 p.m.St. John Hall, Rooms 112 & 111A
Tuesday6:30 - 9:30 p.m.St. John Hall, Room 109B
Wednesday6:30 - 9:30 p.m.St. John Hall, Rooms 111A & 111B
Thursday6:30 - 9:30 p.m.St. John Hall, Room 109A

Subjects To Be Covered

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Educational workshops on various areas, including computer technology


St. John's University, Queens Campus
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439

Directions Via Public Transportation

E or F train to Kew Gardens/Union Turnpike station then transfer to the Q-46 bus and exit on Union Turnpike and Utopia Parkway. Or Take E train to Jamaica Center and then transfer to the Q30 or Q31 Bus and exit on Union Turnpike and Utopia Parkway   

These classes and workshops are made possible thanks to a grant from the Department of Youth and  Community Development (NYC DYCD) received by Dr. Alina Camacho-Gingerich, Director of the Committee forLatin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) and Professor of Languages and Literatures at St. John’s University.