CLS professor and former director Armando Ibarra will be among those honored when Community Shares of Wisconsin celebrates its 50th anniversary on September 23rd. Prof. Ibarra, whose home department is the School for Workers, was nominated by Voces de la Frontera for the Sally Sunde Family Advocate Award. The award is given every year to an individual whose work has had significant impact on the lives of families. As CLS Director from Fall 2018 to Spring 2021, he worked to build relationships between the Program and organizations serving communities of Latin American descent in Madison. He is currently leading a study that will train immigrant essential workers to document COVID-related health and safety violations in their workplaces and residences, funded by the Chancellor’s “Understanding and Reducing Inequalities” initiative. “The CLS Program is thrilled to see Armando Ibarra recognized for his research and advocacy in support of working Latinx families,” said CLS Director Rubén Medina. “His research is a great example of the commitment to community-engaged scholarship that has been a hallmark of our Program for a long time.” The first social justice fund in the United States, Community Shares channels small donations to organizations working for social and environmental justice. The 50th anniversary celebration will take place online and will feature keynote speaker Vu Le, an advocate for equity in nonprofit fundraising.