”When the Chican@ & Latin@ Studies Program first started on the University of Wisconsin-Madison 35 years ago, there was a proclamation that came from the mayor's office supporting the initiative. The mayor at that time was a young, dynamic leader by the name of Paul Soglin.
Thirty-five years later, some things haven't changed at all... but the Chican@ & Latin@ Studies (CLS) Program most definitely has. They will be celebrating the growth of the program this weekend on Saturday, April 28, in Tripp Commons of the Memorial Union. “Thirty Five Years of Struggle; Thirty Five Years of Success” will be a showcase and appreciation towards those who stand in solidarity of the Chican@ & Latin@ Studies Program through comunidad, history, social justice, culture, and poder.
The program moderator will be Petra Guerra, director of the CLS program. The event will feature Damon Williams, Vice Provost for Diversity and Climate and Steve Stern, Vice Provost for Faculty and Staff Programs. The keynote will be given by Marc Rodriguez, who is Assistant Professor of History and Law at the University of Notre Dame. Working within the fields of Mexican American and American legal history, Professor Rodriguez focuses on the relationship between migration, ethnicity, youth politics, state reform, and labor after 1945. He recently completed two edited volumes dealing with international and North American migration in comparative context.
The Chican@ & Latin@ Studies Program has been in existence for 35 years serving the UW-Madison community and has created a broad knowledge of the contributions of Latinas and Latinos in academia. The program has continued to grow throughout the years.
Madison Common Council President Shiva Bidar-Sielaff will present the City of Madison proclamation at the event and the Chican@ & Latin@ Studies Program plans on presenting her with a certificate for all her work in the Latino Community. There will be workshops, forums, and panel discussion throughout the day along with music and spoken-word poetry.
For more information, visit www.chicla.wisc.edu