During the past years CLAS has maintained an intense agenda of activities, and has undergone a thorough process of self-evaluation and planning which involved all Latin American faculty members across disciplines. In consultation with involved departments and colleges, drawing upon our faculty's expertise, and in accordance with the university's mandate to educate students as engaged and responsible global citizens, CLAS determined the strategic relevance of four thematic foci (Poverty and Inequality, Migration and Transnationalism, Postcolonialism and the Lusophone World, and Changing Climate, Landscapes, and Prospects for Justice) and two geo-cultural areas (Brazil and the Andes). From this process came three new programs: an MA in Latin American Studies; an MA and PhD in Lusophone Studies, in collaboration with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese; and an undergraduate minor in Andean & Amazonian Studies, linked to courses in Quechua. These endeavors are complemented by the academic and research activities of four Working Groups organized according to the previously mentioned thematic foci.