The Executive Committee of the Stone Center adopted this mission statement in April 1998:

The Center comprises a diverse group of scholars representing many disciplines and points of view drawn together by our common interest in Latin America.

The Center’s principal purpose is to promote, sustain, and encourage research and teaching of Latin American Studies primarily at Tulane University.

The Center for Latin American Studies upholds a very broad definition of Latin America including geographic locations, disciplines, political and ideological perspectives.

The Center fosters a community of scholars representing a broad spectrum of ideas, interests, disciplines.

The Center has done much to encourage an interdisciplinary approach to Latin American Studies, and provides a model of a true interdisciplinarian spirit.

The Center is an integral part of the International Latin American Studies community.

The Center educates the university community about the multicultural and multi-faceted importance of Latin America and makes this importance felt in the community at large.

The Center initiates or encourages new projects involving Latin America.

The Center coordinates the training of students in Latin American Studies.