2018 Student GOTV Art Project

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

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, as well as 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.


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2018-2019 was a great academic year for the CLS Program.  The Spring 2019 issue of our newsletter, Regeneración, highlights the accomplishments of our students, alumni, faculty, and staff during the Spring.  This May, 33 students from across the University received Certificates in Chican@ & Latin@ Studies.  Student organizations supported by the Program are working hard to create new opportunities for undergraduates.  Our remarkable faculty keeps growing, even as we say goodbye to stalwart members of the Program who are retiring and moving on to other opportunities.  In the community, our faculty and students are doing fantastic applied research, and our  alumni are giving back to the communities that helped them succeed at the University.  It’s all in the latest issue of Regeneración.  And if you like what you see, check out the archives of the newsletter and see how we’ve grown over the years.

Statement on Family Separation at the United States/Mexico Border by the Faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Chican@/Latin@ Studies Program (July 2018)

 As scholars of Chicanx and Latinx Studies and other academic fields we unequivocally denounce the practice of separating families by the United States Immigration Customs Enforcement under the direction of the current administration. The separation of minors from their parents and primary care givers as part of border enforcement is not only immoral but a grievous violation of human rights.  We, as educators and members of diverse communities, call for an immediate end to these violent actions and for the reunification of all minors with their primary care givers.  [more]