Noticias de la Semana
May 1st- May 8th, 2017

Compiled by the Latin American, Caribbean & Iberian Studies Program at UW-Madison

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Joaquim Nabuco Award 2016: Call for Submissions!
Education, Volunteer & Job Opportunities
Upcoming lectures

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Upcoming lectures

This Week...  

Joaquim Nabuco Award 2017

LACIS Summer Courses 
LACIS Summer Course List Uploaded
http://www.lacis.wisc.edu/content/course_information#courses
Monday, May 1st
 
Nomination form:  https://goo.gl/forms/s8c0A4T1JInEkbK22
Graduation stole form:  https://goo.gl/forms/vL5Yf3ToHV9It2EZ2

It is that time of the year again! The nomination form for the Multicultural Leadership Awards is open and accepting nominations for the following awards:

- Emerging Leader (Freshman or sophomore)
- Established Leader (Juniors)
- Campus Legacy (Senior)
- Crossroads Initiative Leader
- Outstanding Faculty/staff member
- Outstanding Student Organization
- Excellence in Social Justice
- Outstanding program

Please take the time to nominate students, organizations, and faculty/staff who are striving to make this campus more inclusive and open. Nominations will be accepted until April 7th. The awards celebration will take place on Monday, May 1st at 6:30pm

If you or someone you know is graduating, we want to celebrate them too! The awards and graduation ceremony will take place on Monday, May 1st at 6:30pm. Please RSVP here in order to reserve your stole and certificate.

Monday, May 1st
  Quest Coordinator
 1127 University Avenue, Madison, WI
 
This is a 10-hour-a-week position, with a very flexible schedule. Salary is
$13.00 an hour. Regular vacation time and holidays provided. Graduate
students are encouraged to apply.

Send letter of interest and resume electronically to
staff@crossingministries.org - No phone calls, please. Position will be
open until filled.
The Crossing provides a positive and healthy work environment, with a
supportive staff and Board of Directors. All qualified candidates will be
considered without discriminating for sex, gender, gender expression, sexual
orientation, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status,
physical or mental abilities, political persuasion, religious affiliation or
lack thereof. The Crossing, a progressive and ecumenical campus ministry serving the
students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as nearby colleges
and universities, seeks a dynamic, focused, organized and social-justice
minded individual to serve as Quest Coordinator. Quest is the
service-learning program of The Crossing, which takes students on
service-learning trips to locations within the USA, Latin America, and
Africa.

The ideal candidate will possessed a high school diploma, equivalent or
above; be a dynamic individual with a sense of adventure, passion for social
justice, experienced with coordinating service-learning projects, and
committed to the values of a theologically progressive faith community. The
Crossing is looking for a reliable individual that can work in collaboration
with other staff members to provide lief-transforming experiences of service,
learning, relationship building, and personal and spiritual growth to
students. A full description of the position can be found here
http://crossingministries.org/?page_id=1879

Tuesday, May 2nd
Pop-Up Study Abroad Advising
2pm-5pm

IAP is hosting a series of Pop-Up Advising Events throughout the semester! The advising will take place at College Library, Sellery Residence Hall, Dejope Residence Hall, and Rheta's Market near Chadbourne Residence Hall. The dates and times are listed below. Stop by to ask our peer advisers any questions you have about programs, scholarships, and financial aid!


Wednesday, May 3rd
 
We would like to invite you to an evening of fun, food, and music benefitting the 2017  Madison Early Music Festival  (MEMF)! This year, MEMF will present Quixotic Musical Treasures from the Golden Age of Spain  from July 8-15. In anticipation of the Festival, we are hosting a celebration,  ¡Tapas y Petiscos! , at the University Club on Wednesday, May 3rd, from 5:00-7:00 pm that will inspire you to join us for MEMF in July!
 
A program of Spanish Renaissance vocal music will be presented by members of Eliza's Toyes, soprano Chelsie Propst and tenor Jerry Hui, with MEMF Co-Artistic Directors, baritone Paul Rowe and soprano Cheryl Bensman-Rowe. A special menu of Spanish and Portuguese tapas will be served, and there will be a Spanish wine tasting for an additional fee.

The fundraiser costs $30 and all net proceeds will benefit the Madison Early Music Festival to help us cover expenses related to bringing this year's amazing  concert artists . During the evening, you'll also be able to designate a contribution to support specific concerts or artists during the 2017 Festival.

 Click here to register for the event by Wednesday, April 26.* If you have any questions, contact Mallory Murphy, Assistant Director for Outreach Programs, at 608-890-1118 or mallory.murphy@wisc.edu.

We look forward to seeing you for an evening of music and fun in support of the Madison Early Music Festival! For more information on MEMF, visit madisonearlymusic.org.  

*Please note for walk-in registrations, we cannot accept cash at the door, only check or credit card.
Wednesday, May 3rd
 
The staff and community of the Multicultural Student Center, Division of Student Life, invite you to the UW-Madison Black Cultural Center Grand Opening Celebration.

Throughout the day, the Black Cultural Center (BCC) will host events and gatherings that celebrate the contributions of black culture to the Wisconsin Experience. The day will end with a panel of activists and alums, now elders, whose efforts culminate and continue with the establishment of the BCC. We hope you will come visit the BCC throughout the day on 
May 3, and in the semesters to come. 

Come and go as you please! 
All are welcome. 

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8:30am-9:30am - Bagels at the BCC
10:00am-11:00am - VIsual Timeline walkthrough with Harvey Long ... See More
Wednesday, May 3rd
 

Guess what's back? LTAs are back at it again with the Sweet as Pie Perkins Pie Sale! As final season is approaching, buying a delicious pie will satisfy your sweet tooth and will provide you a snack during a stressful time. We will be taking pre-orders until April 26th so get your orders in today! Pickup for pies will be May 3rd from 5 pm-8 pm at Humanities. 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1N_HosOnK0TIrFLCJHzEEj47iFjNN9hA1qqkpEXZuKRQ/edit


Choose from the delicious flavors below:
$3 ($14 whole pie) Flavors:�
-Homestyle Apple �
-Caramel Apple 
�-Cherry

$3.50 ($17 whole pie) Flavors:�
-Chocolate French Silk�
-Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake Pie�
-Pecan

Thank you and enjoy! :)

Friday, May 5th
 
 
Finals are coming up!!  Join the Gammas and the Lambdas on May 5th to study! We'll be creating a chill space to study for finals and to get work done! If you're done with finals by May 5th, still join us by doing some crafts at our stress-free station!   
ALSO!! ON THE SAME DATE/ SAME EVENT: The ladies of Gamma Alpha Omega are hosting a clothing drive! If you all have already packed your bags and need to get rid of a few clothing items, drop them off at the Study Jam event!!  �� �� ��  We'll be donating every item!


Friday, May 5th
 
 
Finals are coming up!!  Join the Gammas and the Lambdas on May 5th to study! We'll be creating a chill space to study for finals and to get work done! If you're done with finals by May 5th, still join us by doing some crafts at our stress-free station!   
ALSO!! ON THE SAME DATE/ SAME EVENT: The ladies of Gamma Alpha Omega are hosting a clothing drive! If you all have already packed your bags and need to get rid of a few clothing items, drop them off at the Study Jam event!!  �� �� ��  We'll be donating every item!


Friday, May 5th
 
Conferencia Regional Estudiantil Chicanx para la Excelencia

OUR STREETS! youth empowering youth through education for self-determination. 

This will be our third year hosting this amazing conference were students from high school and University come together to learn from workshops and each other to gain knowledge for the purpose of becoming self-determined. 

Workshops will include:
Teatro Campesino- MEChA members will guide students on the history and role of this practice during the organization of the farm workers in the civil rights movement, they will then perform a skit during the closing ceremony

MEChA 101- MEChA members will give a presentation about mecha, it's past, present and future. 

Nico Avi na-is an artist from Boyle heights that focuses on social justice, specially gentrification of communities, will be doing an art project and talking about art as a form of resistance. https://naconico.tumblr.com/

East HS- talking about their Latinos Unidos group at the local high school, and their involvement in the social justice movement, and other ways they've practice self-determination

Vicko Alvarez- is the author of ScholaR comics. http://scholarcomics.com/and will talk about art as a form of resistance and self-determination

ReGeneracion- is a local youth group that works with students and the local Latinx resource center to put on events focusing on Resistancehttp://www.micentro.org/regeneracion.html

And others!!



Friday, May 5th

As finals week rolls around we know the last place you want to be is Helen C. Here's your chance to get off campus on the  University of Wisconsin-Madison  Study Day to eat (too much) amazing food, relax, & if necessary get some studying done. 

At Study Day you can...
- Eat free, home-cooked food available all day | burgers, veggies, nachos, desserts, & more. 
- Stay caffinated (FREE COFFEE + SODA)
- Play in the open gym or outside (if it's nice) | basketball, volleyball & more.
- Watch movies.
- Study in group or quiet areas.
- End the night in worship | 8 PM in the Eastside Auditorium.

// FREE buses run to and from campus every 15-30 minutes //

All are welcome. Invite your friends!!
For more information check out  bit.ly/bhawkstudyday
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Education, Volunt eer and Job Opportunities...
CP 300
 

CSN
 Colombia Support Network Coordination Internship 



Colombia Support Network is seeking interns to work with them on several projects in 2017. 

1. Program Manager Intern: Various tasks in the office which include planning for delegations to Colombia and outreach programs, assisting with the newsletter, preparation of fundraising applications, and working with their database.

2. Translation Coordination Intern: Coordinate the translation of documents by Colombia Support Network's group of volunteer translators for publication on the website and other uses. For student with advanced or native Spanish skills there are also possibilities for translation projects.

3. CSN UW Chapter Organization Intern: Work with the program manager to develop the UW campus student organization and presence for the Colombia Support Network, including helping with organization and planning of movie series. These students will also assist with the Farmer's Market table to raise awareness of CSN and its mission to students and community members. 

4. Archival Management Intern: Help review and organize historical materials of the Colombia Support Network's 26 years of operation, under the guidance of the Program Director.

In your cover letter you can mention which project(s) you are interested in contributing to.

U.S. Youth Observer 
 
 

Imagine the world of difference you could make on #Youth4GenderEquality leveraging this platform...  
 
If you meet the following criteria, please apply. 
 
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, ages 18-25. Current students or recent grads employed part time are highly preferred, and UNA-USA can work with a college or university for course credit. In addition, interested candidates must be:
  • Able to commit at least five to ten hours per week to the position, excluding travel, which will consume additional time. 
  • Eager to collaborate with UNA-USA and Department of State staff, staying in close communication throughout the year.
  • Available to travel nationally and internationally (travel and reasonable lodging costs associated with participation as U.S. Youth Observer will be provided). 
  • Willing to participate in social media and in-person media events hosted by UNA-USA and the U.S. Department of State.
  • Capable of quickly producing high-quality blog posts and other social media content based on her/ his experiences as the Youth Observer.
  • Currently unaffiliated with the UN Foundation, UNA-USA, and Department of State as a staff member, intern, or consultant. 
 
 
Summer Spanish Courses
 

  Summer Spanish Courses

Spanish 0-3

Listening, speaking, reading, and writing are incorporated to increase your vocabulary, your comprehension, and your ability to communicate as you learn more about Spanish-speaking cultures.

Tue & Thurs, (times and dates vary) * $90-$165

 
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Spanish Advanced Conversation: The Films of Almodóvar

Enjoy a conversational class devoted to the work of the Oscar-winning and prolific Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar. Through the study of his films and their characters, learn and discuss Spain's history and society from the times of dictator Francisco Franco to the most recent years. 

Tue & Thu, Jul 11-Aug 3  * $135

Inter-L&S 210
  

UW Wisconsin in Washington DC
Students of all majors seeking internship opportunities for UW credit in Spring 2018 can still apply to the UW Wisconsin in Washington, DC Internship program.
 
This is a fantastic opportunity for students to make meaningful connections with UW alumni in Washington, DC while networking with other professionals affiliated with the program.
 
Wisconsin in Washington, DC is not just for students with an interest in political science, policy and government. A wide range of internships are offered in non-profits, advocacy and service organizations, media, marketing, international development, global health, government branches and agencies, and more.
 
The semester program options include 3 courses plus an internship, totaling 12 credits.
 
Spring 2018 deadline:  May 19, 2017
This program combines the efforts of previous UW internship programs offered in Washington, DC by the International Division and the Political Science Department.
 
Full program details and application info are on our website:  https://www.studyabroad.wisc.edu/programs/program.asp?program_id=626
 
If you or your students have questions about the program, you can reach Katie Robinson, Program Coordinator, at [robinson3@studyabroad.wisc.edu]robinson3@studyabroad.wisc.edu, or call the Study Abroad Resource Center at 608-265-6329.
 

CALS
UW Colaboración Ambiental: Ecological Restoration, Climate Change and Water Stewardship 
Winter 2017/18


Travel to Granada, León, and Managua, Nicaragua, and learn how Nicaraguans prioritize environmental education and water stewardship at the national and local levels.  This  CALS field study explores topics in environmental education, ecological restoration, and civic ecology, and students engage in a service learning project together with community members.
 
The program includes site visits to organic farms, botanical gardens, the Monbacho Volcano, and other geographical sites, and the course approved as a Global Health Certificate Field Experience. 

   
Program Details:
  • Early- Mid January
  • Earn 2 credits of Nutri Sci 421
  • Fulfills the Global Health field study requirement
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Spanish 361
   
If you took Spanish 223 or Spanish 224 with Professor Egea, you may be interested to know that he will be teaching Spanish 361 (on Spanish culture through film) during the second four-week session this summer (July 17-August 13). Please feel free to contact him directly if you want more information about the course. This is an excellent opportunity for students wishing to take the Spanish civilization course but are having issues enrolling in it during the academic year.

Chican@ & Latin@ Studies
 
 

I wanted to let the LACIS community know about some opportunities for employment with the Chican@ and Latin@ Studies Program for Fall 2017.  We seek lecturers to teach two sections of "Introduction to Chican@ and Latin@ Studies."  These positions could go to people who have finished Ph.D. degrees or to advanced graduate students who could work as SAs.  We are also seeking a lecturer or SA to propose a 300-level Topics class in Chican@ and Latin@ Studies for the Spring semester.  Finally, the Program is seeking a graduate student Project Assistant to help with its newsletter and publications.  The listings for the two lecturer positions are on Jobs at UW, PVL #90066 and #90074.  The Project Assistant position is posted as position #45111 at the Student Job Center.  You are welcome to share these announcements with the LACIS community.  More information about our program is at the link below.  Thanks so much.
 
 
Peter C. Haney, Ph.D.


Hawks Quindel
 
  Hawks Quindel has three full-time job opportunities for students or graduates who speak Spanish.  We are looking to hire two Bilingual Legal Receptionists and one Bilingual Legal Intake Assistant.  Attached are the job descriptions for these positions. All cover letters and resumes can be sent to Kim Brown at  kbrown@hq-law.com


Bilingual Legal Receptionist
World Language Education
 
 
International Business 320
 
  

Anthro 352
 
  

CSD
 


BECA

  

Agricultural Research Assistant

 
HOURS:  Mid-June through August.  During June schedule is flexible, starting July 1 until August 20 full-time.  7:30 AM to mid-late afternoon, M-F and Saturdays and Sundays during July and early August.  If advance notice is given, weekend time off is possible for weddings or family functions.
 
JOB DESCRIPTION:  Assist the UW Sweet Corn Genetics and Breeding Program at the West Madison Agricultural Research Station located at 8502 Mineral Point Road.  Duties will consist of hand pollination of breeding nursery, weed control (hoeing), hybrid evaluation (taste testing and data collection), trial and nursery maintenance, and seed harvest.
 
QUALIFICATIONS:  No experience necessary; training provided.  Work/study students desired.  Successful candidates must be current and continuing (Fall 2017) undergraduate students.  Non-agricultural majors interested in an outdoor experience are encouraged to apply.  Affinity for outdoor activities is highly recommended, given that all activities related to this summer job opportunity will involve handling corn plants in a field setting.  Applicant must provide own transportation to and from the West Madison Agricultural Research Station.
 
SALARY:   $12.00 per hour
 
TO APPLY:  Send a resume to pjflanne@wisc.edu containing references and contact information.  Questions regarding this position may be sent to email address above, or by calling 608-513-1797.


RockAuto

 
It can be difficult for students to find a well-paying job that is
compatible with class schedules -- let alone one utilizing Spanish skills!

RockAuto, a successful global e-commerce business, is located five miles
from campus and currently has Part Time and Full Time Bilingual Customer
Support positions open for fluent speakers of Spanish. Most RockAuto
staff are UW graduates. Spanish is used at RockAuto on a daily basis --
Bilingual Customer Support Representatives translate our catalog into
Spanish and work directly with Spanish-speaking customers around the world.

The Part Time Bilingual Customer Support positions currently available
pay students $20/hour and are completely compatible with most full-time
students' schedules. You can view the job listing here:
Department of Political Science Summer Courses

Department of Political Science is offering many interesting summer courses both online and on-campus.
 
Summer Courses
 
PS 103: Intro to International Relations (Online)
PS 104: Intro to American Politics and Government (Online)
PS 106: Politics Around the World (Online)
PS 209: Intro to Political Theory (Online) 
PS 217: Law, Politics, and Society (On campus)
PS 317: The Politics of Human Rights (Online)
PS 359: Problems in American Foreign Policy (Online)
PS 371: International Political Economy (Online)
PS 400: Models of Political Leadership (On campus)
PS 414: The Supreme Court as a political Institution (On campus)
PS 427: Legislative Internship (Online)
PS 449: Government and National Resources
(On campus)
PS 506: Democracy in America (On campus)  

Public Affairs 520

 
If you are looking for a summer course, please consider this new course from the La Follette School of Public Affairs:
 
Public Affairs 520: Inequality, Race and Public Policy
SUMMER, 2017
 
 
Explore the impact of public policies and programs on the distribution of income, wealth and opportunity in the United States. Examines inequalities across various social dimensions with a focus on disparities across racial and ethnic groups. It will begin with an introduction to key concepts in the measurement of inequality and poverty and an overview of recent trends. We will systematically examine how public policy shapes inequality across a range of topical areas including labor markets, education, taxation, health, housing and criminal justice.  Prereq>  Sophomore standing; The course has been approved to meet the ethnic studies requirement. Students from all departments welcome.
  
M,Tu, Wed and Th
On-campus, 6/19 to 7/16
For more information:
Mary Treleven
262-3582
 
Spring 2017: Professional Development

 
Summer 2017 Professional Development
 
THE CULTURE OF WISCONSIN'S MEXICAN IMMIGRANTS
WI Dells-- June 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25    Tuesdays 8am-4pm
Madison--June 22, 29, July 13, 20, 27    Thursdays 8am-4pm
Milwaukee (west side)--July 17, 24 , 26, 28, August 4    (8 :30am-4:30pm)
Oshkosh--July 21, August 7, 8, 9, 10    (8:30am-4:30pm)
 
BEGINNING SPANISH, PART 1
  WI Dells--May 23, 30 , June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25, Aug 1    Tuesday eve 4:45-8:30pm   
Madison--May 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14    Friday evenings, 5pm-9:40pm   
Madison--May 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29    Sat afternoons from 1pm-4:45pm
Madison--May 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30    Sun mornings from 8am-11:45am
 
FINE & FOLK ARTS OF MEXICO
Madison--May 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6    Thurs evenings 4:30-9:55pm  
 
MEXICO'S 8 REGIONS & INDIGENOUS PEOPLE
Madison--July 19, then meet  July 31, Aug 1, 2, 3    ( 8am-4pm)
 
See listings online at UW-Parkside
https://www.uwp.edu/learn/departments/educatordevelopment/apd/upcoming.cfm
 
CACLL/Center for Active & Collaborative Lifelong Learning, Inc. 
Madison, WI 53711             (608)772-0794             cacllc@charter.net
The Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University




 
The Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University is seeking an Outreach Coordinator to lead our K-16 and public engagement initiatives.  We have benefited greatly from Lisa Finelli's leadership in our outreach efforts, will miss her energy and enthusiasm, and wish her well as she goes on to new adventures in Los Angeles.
 
The CLAS Outreach Coordinator does this through:
1) organizing professional development workshops and programs for K-12 teachers in Tennessee and throughout the region; 2) developing curricular materials related to Latin America; 3) maintaining partnerships with local organizations and minority-serving institutions in the region; 4) coordinating social media and publicity; and 5) organizing on and off-campus events targeting the university community and the general public.
 
We are looking for an energetic candidate with strong organizational and communication skills, the ability to build and manage relationships with multiple constituencies, and the ability to manage multiple projects at once in a fast-paced environment. 
 
The job description for the position and link to apply are below; please distribute to anyone who might be interested.
 
 
PEPE

 
 
Please see below and attached for information on the Spanish Summer Course 2017 offered by APLU member Universidad de Guadalajara. Please pass along this information to those on your campuses who might be interested in this student opportunity
 
Taking into consideration that the Spanish language is the 2nd most spoken language in the world and in the US, Universidad de Guadalajara offers the PEPE Program as a valuable asset for the development of intercultural and professional skills for US Students. Also, the PEPE Program is an opportunity to increase our mutual understanding in the context of the North American integration.
 
Learn more about the program at  http://www.cgci.udg.mx/pepe2017 

National Council on US-Arab Relations


 
 
Applications for Summer 2017 Now Available: 

Washington, DC Summer Internship Program 

May 30 - August 4, 2017
 
 
 

[Download PDF Brochure] 

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations' Washington, DC Summer Internship Program offers undergraduate and graduate students a ten-week professional, academic, and career opportunity internship in the nation's capital. The program features a demanding mix of professional involvement, intellectual challenge, career exploration, and cultural encounters designed to provide interns with a rich and varied experience during their time in Washington.
  • Professional work experience: Interns are placed with one of over a dozen Near East and Arab world-related organizations in Washington, D.C., where they are expected to work 35-40 hours per week under the direct supervision of their host organizations.
  • Academic seminars: Interns take part in twice-weekly seminar sessions designed to provide them with greater depth of knowledge about the Arab world, to underscore the cultural, economic, and political diversity of Arab states, and to explore the intricacies of Arab-U.S. relations. There will be a particular emphasis, though not exclusively, on Arabia and the Gulf.
  • Site visits: Interns receive a behind-the-scenes look at many of the central institutions of federal government, national security policymaking, international diplomacy, and international business.
  
AIESEC


Let AIESEC take you to Buenos Aires, Argentina this summer. 
 
Spend your summer in a fulfilling way by volunteering or doing an internship with AIESEC in Argentina.
 
WHO WE ARE:
AIESEC is the world's largest youth-led organization. We create leaders and empower communities through cross-cultural exchange. 
 
WHAT WE OFFER:
  • 6-week long volunteer opportunities or 2-month internship in Buenos Aires
  • Learn Spanish while immersing yourself in a beautiful culture
  • A chance to change local lives by volunteering or working as a:
    • English teacher
    • Marketing/fundraising manager 
    • Childcare teacher
YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Working on a weekly basis abroad
  • $500 volunteer program fee or $600 internship program fee
  • Airfar
Latino Academy of Workforce
 Spring 2017 Internship at the Latino Academy of Workforce Development
 
Engage in your local latino community and be part of Latino Academy ! (We are on a bus line!)

The Latino Academy of Workforce Development, has been empowering the Latino community in Dane County for 5 years. We train and educate students to successfully integrate into the economic and educational systems in Dane County. We are seeking interns for the spring semester who can help grow the Latino Academy and better serve our students. This is a great opportunity to practice Spanish and work directly with members of the community. If you are interested in learning more about what we do, please visit our facebook page or website at http://www.latinoacademywi.org/ .

The Latino Academy is seeking two interns to assist with daily operations and student long term employment success. Interns are asked to work at least 7-10 hours a week.
 
Futura Language Professionals 



Teach in Spain

                    5 Reasons teaching in Spain gives you an edge over competition  

1. Adaptability-- This unique experience will immerse you in creative and unconventional English teaching, allowing you to become a more versatile thinker in different working conditions.
2. Cultural insightfulness
-- You will become more of a global citizen by overcoming language barriers and cultural differences.

3. A jumpstart to your career!-- There aren't many high-quality undergraduate experiences in the field, so having one like this under your belt will help you get ahead of the game.
4. Opens doors
-- Become more marketable to institutions at home AND abroad! You never know what opportunities may arise in the future for which you could be a perfect candidate for...

5. Personal growth
-- Stepping out of your comfort zone will only make you stronger and more confident in both your personal and professional lives. You'll only regret the things you DIDN'T do.

 
 
CARA Pro Bono Project
 
   
 
Now more than ever, it is important to fight for justice for Central American families seeking asylum in the United States. The  CARA Pro Bono Project, a legal services and organization in one of the United States' three family detention centers, is looking for passionate people to join their staff. You can read more about the South Texas Family "Residential" Center, where CARA works, here:  http://wapo.st/2brm6Yj. I'm writing to inform UW-Madison students of the opportunities available to them with the CARA Pro Bono Project. 

For current undergraduate students:
Week-long volunteer
Each week, a new team of lawyers, paralegals and activists from around the country comes to Dilley, Texas to devote their energy and efforts to getting Central American women and kids out from "babyjail" and a fair hearing in a US court to apply for asylum. Even as an undergraduate student, your Spanish skills would be a tremendous asset to the team, and this can make a meaningful alternative spring or winter break. Contact  Maggie Schumann, former undergraduate long-term volunteer, for ways of making it affordable. More details:  http://caraprobono.org/volunteer/

Summer legal assistant
A small number of individuals spend extended periods at the CARA Pro Bono Project as long-term volunteers. Because CARA runs primarily on weeklong volunteers, your longer-term presence means you'll become a valuable member of the team. If you're thinking of pursuing a career in law or social justice work, this is for you. Reach out to  Maggie Schumann, a former undergraduate long-term legal assistant, for more details on what the position entails and ways of making it affordable. 
Consular Fellows
 

 
 
Now Accepting Applications
 
 
 
 
W e are currently accepting applications for Consular Fellows - Spanish positions. 

The Consular Fellows Program (CFP) is a unique national service opportunity with the Department of State to live and work overseas as part of an Embassy or Consulate community.

New hires will receive a competitive salary, paid housing while overseas and may be eligible for a recruitment bonus of up to 10% of their basic salary. This incentive would be paid in two installments: one upon completion of the first two-year assignment, and the second at the end of the second two-year assignment (48 months service). Consular Fellows may also be eligible to participate in the Department's Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) at any post in which they serve. For more information on the program, click  here

All potential applicants are strongly urged to  read the entire vacancy announcement to ensure that they meet all of the requirements for this position before applying. When you are ready to begin the online application process, visit the  Consular Fellows - Spanish vacancy on USAJOBS.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, at least 20 years old to apply and at least 21 years of age to be appointed. Applicants must also be available for worldwide service, and be able to obtain all required security, medical and suitability clearances. 

If you have any questions or would like to search for topics of interest, please visit our  forums or  FAQs at  careers.state.gov.

We appreciate your interest in the U.S. Department of State

Volunteer at Centro Hispano
 
Guest Bloggers Sought for LACIS Blog!
Did you study abroad or intern in a LACIS country? Are you following a particular current event? Did you attend a LACIS event? We want to hear what you think! Write a brief post, include pictures or videos, and we will share it on the LACIS blog! (Please note that your blog posting may be edited down for size or content, if needed.)
 
Contact the LACIS social media intern, Jesus Del Toro (jdeltoro@wisc.edu), with any questions or with your finished product! 
Get Involved with Colombia Support Network! 
Want to get more involved with international advocacy on the UW-Madison campus?
 
Colombia Support Network-UW Badgers serves to bring awareness on the UW campus about the human rights atrocities occurring in Colombia, encouraging UW students to become educated and engaged in the CSN solidarity mission through volunteering, spreading our peaceful mission, and sending student delegations to peace communities in Colombia.
 
The Colombia Support Network was created in 1989 to provide support to Colombian communities and organizations in areas of conflict which seek to construct a just social and economic order using non-violence means. There are more than 6 million displaced persons in Colombia, and more than 31,000 persons have "disappeared" since 1990s. Peaceful civilians have faced attacks from rebel groups such as the FARC, as well as paramilitary forces which are indirectly - and sometimes directly - aided by a government which serves to protect solely the interests of the wealthy. This March, important peace talks between the Colombian government and FARC forces are likely to reach a deal, making the current issues in Colombia especially relevant.
 
Engagement with CSN-UW Badgers can be as simple as liking our Facebook page [Colombia Support Network-UW Badgers], and considering attending future CSN events, such as movie series or speakers!  We're also looking for new leaders who are passionate about human rights and might one day go on a delegation to Colombia with CSN.
 
  For more information on the Colombian peace process, you should find this website very helpful:  www.peaceinsider.com 
 
Questions? Please contact Samantha Strok @ sstrok@wisc.edu.
Apply for a grant! 
International Division, IRIS award seed grants for interdisciplinary research

Six interdisciplinary research projects that blend place-based scientific inquiry with international expertise have been awarded incubator grants by the International Division and the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
 
These projects focus on Africa, South Asia, Eurasia, and Latin America, in fields as diverse as public health, child development, civil engineering, climate science, archaeology, genetics, virology, and environmental studies.
 
Offered this year for the first time, the grants are aimed at bringing together faculty in STEM fields who are conducting place-based research abroad with experts from regional and area studies centers within IRIS.
 
Funding for these awards, of up to $50,000 each, comes from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and other International Division funds.



Spanish Conversation Table
La mesa de conversación

  
Time
5-7 p.m. (Every Tuesday)

Location
The Sett, 2nd floor, Union South

Description
All levels of Spanish speakers are welcome at this informal weekly conversation table, sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. On Facebook: La mesa de conversación - UW Madison. On Twitter: @UWMesa.

Portuguese Conversation Table
Bate Papo (Portuguese)
Any question, please contact Ellen Sapega.

  
Time
Thursdays 4:30pm-6:30pm

Location
Kollege Klub

Description
All levels of Portugese speakers are welcome at this informal weekly conversation table, sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.  

Any question, please contact Ellen Sapega at ewsapega@wisc.edu 
 
International Reach
I nternational Reach is a unique volunteer program that places international speakers in schools, campus venues and community organizations for short presentations. It provides interesting opportunities for individuals to share perspectives on their home countries with teachers, students and area residents for the purposes of furthering global education and intercultural dialogue. International Student Services (ISS) coordinates the International Reach Program.

BRIDGE International Friendship Program

 BRIDGE

BRIDGE (Building Relationships in Diverse Global Environments) pairs new international students with American students for a whole semester based on similar interests, personalities and needs. BRIDGE provides new international students with a friend, ally, resource person, and cultural navigator. The program offer numerous cross-cultural activities, learning experiences and fun. To learn more, visit www.iss.wisc.edu/bridge.

Millennium Development Goals Awareness Project

 MDGAP

MDGAP educates the campus about eight United Nations development goals on poverty, hunger, education, gender eqaulity, global health and the environment. The project also links students with hands-on , goal-related research, internships and volunteer opportunities in order to further job skills, foster global competency, and advance the goals. For details, visit www.iss.wisc.edu/mdgap.

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