CLASP promotes all facets of Latin American studies nationwide. CLASP fosters global competency, language proficiency and cultural awareness of Latin America and the Caribbean, drawing upon interdisciplinary and area expertise.

CLASP encourages excellence in teaching and program development; organizes workshops at national and regional conventions; develops curriculum materials; promotes teaching of less commonly taught languages; recognizes exemplary children’s and young adult literature; and supports K-12 and post-secondary professional development.

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.