THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN COUNCIL
FOR LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES (RMCLAS) is the oldest
Latin American academic organization in the world.
Formation of the organization began in 1953 at the
University of New Mexico (UNM) and the first annual
meeting was held in 1954. Other regional organizations
soon followed RMCLAS' lead and the Latin American
Studies Association (LASA) which sprang from the regionals,
was not organized until the 1960s. Theo Crevenna,
University of New Mexico, was
one of the founding members of RMCLAS.