Spring 2015 – News and Events


Community Gathering Presentations – Spring 2015


Monday, January 26 – Juan Aguirre, student participant of the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP), will discuss his experience with the program and how students can enroll


Monday, February 2 – TBA


Monday, February 9 – Marvin Gutierrez and Marisol Wolf, Ronald E. McNair Scholars, will discuss their work with the McNair Program


Monday, February 16 – Gail Coover, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Alliance for Minority Participation (WiscAMP) program, will discuss WiscAMP opportunities, including the WiscAMP Excel Program


Monday, February 23 – David Camacho, Math Tutorial Director, will discuss the tutorial program and services


Monday, March 2 – Assistant Professor Armando Ibarra, Chican@ and Latin@ Studies Program Faculty Affiliate, will discuss his research work


Monday, March 9 – Graduate students from the Science and Medicine Graduate Research Scholars (SciMed GRS) program will discuss the path to graduate school 


Monday, March 16 – Dr. Viridiana Benitez, Ph.D., Chican@ and Latin@ Studies Program Visiting Scholar, will discuss her research


Monday, March 23 – Alice Traore, Associate Director of the Multicultural Student Center, will discuss MSC programming and services


Monday, April 6 – Gabriel Javier, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the LGBT Campus Center, will discuss LGBT CC programming and services


Monday, April 13 – Dr. Revel Sims, Honorary Fellow, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, will discuss his research


Monday, April 20 – Janice Rice, Carlos Duarte & Miguel Ruiz, UW-Madison Librarians, will discuss library services


Monday, April 27 – Laura Anderson Barbata, UW-Madison Artist in Residence, will discuss her project




How Police Killing Unarmed Black People is a Queer Issue


M. Adams of Freedom Inc. and Young Gifted and Black will have a conversation with Dr. Karma Chávez about why queer people of all races should care when police kill unarmed black people. She will discuss how these killings are in fact a queer issue.

April 28th, 7 pm, Elvehjem L160 (800 University Ave, UW’s campus)


Email krchavez@wisc.edu for more info.


Co-sponsors: Comparative US Studies, Dept. of Communication Arts, Dept. of Gender and Women’s Studies, Dept. of Afro-American Studies, Program in Chican@/Latin@ Studies, Multicultural Student Center, OutReach LGBT Community Center, GSAFE, Freedom Inc., Young Gifted and Black




Chican@ & Latin@ Studies Colloquium


Dr. Edward D. Vargas


CLS Visiting  Scholar and Postdoctoral Trainee presents:


“Health Policy and Latino Populations”


Dr. Vargas will discuss the current policy debates surrounding the health of Latinos. Using a nationally representative survey of Latinos (2015), his presentation will focus on how the Affordable Care Act, Latinos’ personal connection to immigrants, and anti-immigrant climate all impact Latino health.


Vargas earned his PhD in Public Affairs (Policy Analysis and Public Finance) from Indiana University. He is currently a Postdoctoal Trainee in the Center for Women’s Health and Health Disparities at UW-Madison.


Date: April 23, 2015

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Place: 340 Ingraham



Contemporary Latino Politics from DREAMers to Voters


Melissa R. Michelson


Menlo College


“Mobilizing Inclusion: Getting out the Latino Vote”

Tuesday, April 21, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall


“Living the DREAM: The Political Lives of Undocumented Latino Youth”

Wednesday, April 22, 4pm, 8417 Social Science


Open Seminar for Students, Faculty & Public

Thursday, April 23, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science


MELISSA R. MICHELSON is Professor of Political Science at Menlo College. She received her B.A. in political science from Columbia University in 1990, master’s degrees from Yale University in 1991 and 1994, and her Ph.D. from Yale University in 1994. Her major strands of research include Latino political incorporation, field experiments in voter mobilization of ethnic and racial minorities, and field experiments on fostering attitudinal change on polarized political issues such as same-sex marriage. She is co-author of the award winning book Mobilizing Inclusion: Redefining Citizenship through Get-Out-the-Vote Campaigns (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012), as well as Living the Dream: New Immigration Policies and the Lives of Undocumented Latino Youth (Paradigm Publishers, September 2014). She is currently working on another book manuscript, Listen, We Need to Talk, contracted with Yale University Press, which uses field experiments to explore how to generate attitudinal change on contentious political issues such as same-sex marriage. She has published dozens of articles in peer-reviewed academic journals and a dozen chapters in edited volumes. In her spare time Dr. Michelson knits and runs marathons.



Save the Date: Meet & Greet with Latin@ Facutly


Come join us in a campus-wide panel of Latin@ faculty, staff, and graduate students!

April 22nd – 5:00-7:30 PM

Witte Hall – WRH Center for Cultural Enrichment (125, Lounge)



Unión Puertorriqueña’s 2015 Heritage Week


Check out these events Monday, April 13th through Saturday, April 18th, 2015



Chican@ & Latin@ Studies & Unión Puertorriqueña’s Latino Ball


Saturday, April 18th
Union South, Varsity Hall
Salsa lesson at 8PM, music from 9PM-1:30AM
Live music from Groupo Candela
Latin Music set Mixed by DJ Jo-Z
*Free and open to the public*



Ethnic Studies and #BlackLivesMatter


Friday, April 10, 5:30-7:30 pm


UW-Madison faculty members will offer ethnic and indigenous studies perspectives on the Black Lives Matter movement and the issues surrounding it, from policing to racial inequities. A discussion with the audience will follow. This event is free and open to the public.

Location: Elvehjem Building, Room L160, UW-Madison



Latinos and the Affordable Care Act


Please read the recent article from Edward Vargas, CLS Visiting Scholar, and colleagues regarding the impact of the Affordable Care Act and Latino access to health insurance.



Workers’ Rights Center


The Workers’ Rights Center will be launching our door-to-door surveying for the Latino Workers Project to gather information about working conditions.  We are partnering with a class at the UW and will launch on Monday, March 23.  Many of the students are monolingual English speakers or limited Spanish speakers, so we are looking for people who can partner with them to assist with the surveying.  We will be going out a few times per week in targeted neighborhoods and sites where we will be able to complete surveys.  We will be starting each shift with a training and a review of the survey.


Please contact Carlos Miranda to sign up at 608.255-0376 or email at ricosindinero2007@gmail.com.


For more information, please consult the informational flyer and the shift schedule for the Latino Workers Project.  



Regent Jesus Salas Academic Activist Scholarship


The Jesus Salas Academic Activist Scholarship is conferred annually to a Chican@ and Latin@ Studies Program Undergraduate Certificate student who has both excelled in academic pursuits and has made outstanding service contributions to the Chican@ and Latin@ Community.


To apply for the 2015-2016 Jesus Salas Academic Activist Scholarship, please submit the following materials: 1) A 500-word statement of application addressing the relationship between your academic training and service to the Chican@ and Latin@ community, 2) Resume or curriculum vitae, 3) Two letters of recommendation, 4) The application form, which can be downloaded here.


Send all application materials to: Awards Selection Committee, Chican@ and Latin@ Studies Program, 312 Ingraham Hall, University of Wisconsin-Madison 53706. The application deadline is April 13, 2015



CLS Faculty Presentation


Dr. Viridiana L. Benitez presents The Cognitive Benefits Of Bilingualism


Psychologists once thought that bilingualism was negative for development, but recently, research has shown that bilingualism actually enhances cognitive abilities. In this talk, Dr. Benitez will review this research along with its limitations, and discuss the future work that is needed to further clarify how bilingualism impacts the way our brain works. Dr. Benitez is a Postdoctoral Research Associate & CLS Visiting Scholar. 


Date: March 26, 2015

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Place: 340 Ingraham



Wisconsin Open Education Community Fellowship


New $3,000 community fellowship for WI Resident UW-Madison undergrads! Come learn about a NEW $3,000 fellowship exclusively for in-state UW-Madison undergrads! There will be an information session about the program this Wednesday (Feb. 18) at 5:30 pm at the Morgridge Center for Public Service (154 Red Gym).

Learn about an opportunity to use your knowledge and skills related to conservation, climate, and/or literacy/theater topics to benefit your Wisconsin hometown this summer. Not only does this fellowship offer each student fellow a $3,000 stipend, it also includes excellent opportunities to:


1. Work with a public service organization in your Wisconsin hometown

2. Develop valuable service and research experience

3. Prepare for life after graduation in either graduate school or a professional setting

4. Develop a public service project broadly aligned with one or more topics of a current Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) offered by UW-Madison


Applications are due March 26, 2015, but space is limited, so start your application today! Those students who submit their application by March 12 will receive feedback from the program sponsors and have the opportunity to revise and resubmit their application by the March 26 deadline.



MSC Events


In light of the recent tragedy in Madison which took the life of Tony Robinson, the Multicultural Student Center (716 Langdon-Red Gym Second Floor) will offer the following resources this week. These MSC events will focus on discussing experiences of racism and violence in society and in Madison. Please join us in community to discuss recent incidents and to gain support: 

– Tuesday, 6:30PM in the MSC Classroom Be Wellness Series: Story Sharing for Healing Workshop – Transform your personal story into someone else’s source of healing. This workshop is designed to help you shape a personal challenge into one that moves others to action. 
– Wednesday, 12:00PM in the MSC Lounge “A Place at the Table” – Join us for good conversation and catered lunch with your community, open to all.
– Thursday, 3:30PM in the MSC Classroom “Tips, Tools and Tactics for Shaping Narratives through Spoken-Word” an interactive writing workshop with activist & poet Guante


For immediate support or for emergency contact University Health Services, Counseling and Consultation Services at 333 East Campus Mall, 7th floor between 9:00AM-4:00 PM, Monday through Friday or call the 24-hour UHS Crises Line at 608-265-5600, option 9.


If you would like to talk to individually to staff member about the recent tragedy in Madison, you can visit any of the staff members below during open office hours this week:

– Joshua Moon Johnson, MSC-Red Gym 251 (Tuesday 11:00 AM- 1:-00 PM, Wednesday 2:00-4:00 PM, Thursday 1:00-3:00PM) 

– Alice Traore, MSC-Redy Gym 252 (Tuesday 2:00-4:00 PM, Wednesday 12:45-3:30 PM)

– Robert Brown, MSC-Red Gym 253 (Tuesday 2:00-400PM, Wednesday 2:00-4:00 PM, Thursday 9:00-11:00 AM)

– Sasha Wijeyeratne, MSC-Red Gym207A (Tuesday 2:30-4:30 PM, Wednesday 10:30-1:30 PM, Thursday 12:30-5:30 PM)

– Vinika Porwal, Red Gym,-MSC 250C (Wednesday 1:00-3:00 PM, Thursday 1:00-3:00 PM)

– Chelsea O’Neil, MSC-Red Gym 207B (Tuesday 10:00-11:30 AM, Wednesday 1:00-5:00 PM, Thursday 1:00-4:00 PM) 

– Sheltreese McCoyRed Gym 1st floor, LGBTCC/MSC 2nd floor (Tuesday 1:00-5:00 PM, Wedneday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, Thursday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, Friday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM)

– Karla Foster, Bascom B26 (Tuesday 2:00-4:00 PM, Wednesday 1:00-3:00 PM)

– Gabe Javier, Red Gym 1st floor, LGBT CC (Tuesday 9:00-11:30 AM, Wednesday 1:00-2:30 PM, Thursday 10:00 AM-3:00 PM)

– Katherine Charek Briggs, Red Gym 1st floor, LGBT CC (Wednesday 10:00-12:00 PM, Thursday 10:00-2:00 PM)

– José J. Madera, Bascom B47 (Wednesday 2:00-5:00 PM, Thursday 12:00-4:00 PM)



PASOS: Meet the Mentors 


Want to learn more about graduate school? Do you need guidance in the graduate school application process? Are you looking for a mentor to talk with about graduate school? Join the PASOS Program for Meet the Mentors. This is an opportunity to meet and talk with the PASOS mentors who will work with the Chican@ and Latin@ Studies Program students this year. 


Date: February 20, 2015

Time: 11:45 am – 1:00 pm 

Location: 340 Ingraham Hall


* Lunch will be provided.