Latin American Studies Chispa Grants provide a chispa—a spark—to help LAS students initiate community projects related to their academic work, to host guest speakers in relation to an LAS senior project, or to present at conferences. Eligibility is limited to declared LAS majors, first-year students considering an LAS major, and non-majors who are substantially engaged with the LAS program. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Past recipients are encouraged to apply for funds again. Grants are funded in three categories:
1) Civic Engagement Project. $300 to support a civic engagement project designed in conjunction with academic work in a course taken at Macalester or while studying abroad in Latin America. Funds may be used for a broad array of project-related expenses (e.g., books, travel, local transit, registration fees, food at events, publicity, meals related to project).
2) Senior Project Guest Speaker. $200 to support bringing a speaker to campus in relation to an LAS senior project. Funds may be used for honorarium, travel expenses, publicity, and refreshments. Additional funds can be sought from other sources around campus.
3) Conference Travel. $100 to support presenting original work at a conference outside the Twin Cities. Funds may be used for travel expenses, lodging, meals, and conference fees.