2018 Student GOTV Art Project

Student contributions to the 2018 public art installation "Women Take the Polls" by Chele Isaac and Kelly Parks Snyder

Prof. Steve Quintana Speaking

CLS Affiliate Professor Steve Quintana Addresses a Workshop on Diversity and Inclusion

Students at Diversity & Inclusion Workshop, 2017

Martin Martinez (CLS '18) discusses diversity and inclusion with partners at a workshop by CLS affiliate Professor Steve Quintana

Participants in the 2017 Latinx Youth Summit

Clara Huerta (CLS '18) shows 2017 Latinx Youth Summit participants the art of screen printing.

Detail of Mural "The Inheritance of Struggle" (1993) by Leo Tanguma. Wisconsin Union.

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The Program in Chican@ and Latin@ Studies (CLS) offers a systematic and interdisciplinary analysis of Mexican- and Latin-American-origin people, cultures, and collectivities within the United States. The CLS certificate is designed to provide students with a broad knowledge base and the intellectual tools to understand the unity and diversity of U.S. Latina/o populations. The primary objective of the CLS Program is to train students in the study of Chican@ and Latin@s and to introduce them to the central questions, topics, and applications that have emerged in this field of inquiry.  CLS offers a variety of courses, some focusing on particular national-origin groups or specific academic disciplines, and others organized around comparative topics or issues. We welcome you to join our academic community of learners.


Curious about CLS? Our committed and engaging faculty offer interdisciplinary undergraduate courses at all levels.  Check out our listings to find out more.

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2019 was a great academic year for the CLS Program.  The Fall 2019 issue of our newsletter, Regeneración, highlights the accomplishments of our students, alumni, faculty, and staff this past Fall. Regeneracion Cover Image


The CLS library (Ingraham 313) offers books, music, and films on the U.S. Latinx experience, as well as quiet study space.  The Academic Resource Center (Ingraham 338W) has computers for CLS students.  CLS student in Library

CLS News

  • CLS Faculty Statement of support for Asian and Asian American Communities

    The Chican@ & Latin@ Studies faculty reaffirms the Program’s commitment to social and racial justice on campus and in the broader community. In the wake of recent bias incidents around the University of Wisconsin campus, …

  • Update on CLS Events for Spring 2020

    In response to the latest directives from the Chancellor’s office, the Chican@ & Latin@ Studies Program has cancelled the remaining CLS Community Gatherings for Spring 2020. We expect the series to return in the Fall. …

  • Message to the CLS Community on COVID-19 Response

    Thanks to all of our CLS students, instructors, and staff for the patience, calm, and thoughtfulness you have all shown in the wake of the University’s decision to hold classes remotely, cancel events, and send many …

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