For the past 20 years, UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies has been supporting the study of this important region at on campus, serving as a place to encourage the discussion and dissemination of scholarly work about the region. Since our founding in 1999, CSEAS has been critical to sustaining and expanding Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA. UCLA faculty and graduate students affiliated with CSEAS come from numerous departments and colleges across campus. CSEAS serves as an important resource on Southeast Asia for undergraduate and graduate students as well as communities in southern California. 

In 2000, CSEAS joined its counterpart center at the University of California, Berkeley, in a consortium that was federally designated as a National Resource Center (NRC) for Southeast Asia, funded through the Title VI program at the US Department of Education. The designation was accompanied by Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships that have since allowed graduate and undergraduate students to immerse themselves in the region. As part of its mission as an NRC, CSEAS organizes teacher training workshops and develops curricular materials accessible to California's K-12 schoolteachers.

CSEAS has presented successful academic programs on diverse topics and in a range of different formats; improved campus resources in the field in the area of library acquisitions and K-14 outreach; provided specialized teacher training programs for graduate students and educators; and strengthened the quality, depth and accessibility of SEA language and area studies instruction. 

While working to maintain the excellence of its programs, CSEAS continues to develop new ideas for expanding Southeast Asian studies on campus and to increase its prominence on campus and on the larger and international stage. These programs are opportunities for individuals and foundations to support our mission.