In addition to a series of public events, CISA hosts a Seminar Series open to all Five College faculty. CISA also sponsors an annual Student Symposium with a comparativist focus, held each spring, which gathers students from the Five Colleges together to share their work and ideas in a public forum. The symposium allows students to present scholarship or other creative work reflecting on the Americas.
Each year, CISA invites a number of new faculty to become fellows for a two-year period. Nominated by their deans, CISA fellows teach courses and conduct research in areas that express CISA's intellectual and pedagogical commitments.