CLASP’s mission is to promote all facets of Latin American studies throughout the world. Its broad range of activities include the encouragement of research activities, funding of professional workshops, advancement of citizen outreach activities, and development of teaching aids for the classroom.

The particular mix of CLASP-sponsored programs has varied over time, always with the aim of promoting teaching and research on Latin America at all educational levels. To this end, CLASP sponsors workshops at national conventions, develops curriculum materials, and actively promotes increased public and private funding for Latin American studies.

CLASP programming is guided by an Executive Committee comprised of three officers and six members, plus the chairpersons of CLASP Working Committees. All dues-paying members are eligible to nominate and vote for the President and Vice President as well as Executive Committee members. The President and EC identify the Secretary-Treasurer and Chairpersons of Working Committees.