Noticias de la Semana
June 5th- June 18th, 2017

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

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Summer Edition

Congratulations to our graduates! We wish you the best in your future endeavors.

This Week...  

LACIS Summer Courses 
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Sunday, June 11th
Centro Hispano's Mercadito! 

Saturday, June 17th

Upcoming Events...
Friday, June 30th 
Seeking artists for Latino Art Fair at Overture Center - applications due June 30
The Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County is coordinating the 5th Annual Latino Art Fair at the Overture Center on Friday, October 6th. It is a wonderful event that celebrates the Latino culture and a love for the arts. This year promises good foot traffic, because there is a Broadway show and a Grammy-winning Latino jazz act playing at Overture that night. We are currently looking for Latin o artists to show and sell their artwork. Last year we had 25 artists in the show and 600 people viewing their beautiful art! (There is complete information from 2016 at:
We have artist registration available online through June 30th. Student artists are encouraged to apply. If anyone is interested in learning more, they can go to: for details.

Saturday, July 1st
Request for Nominations for the 2017 Global Citizen of the Year Award


For the ninth year the United Nations Association of Dane County will honor one or more persons who have worked to improve the lives of others internationally or have worked to highlight the mission, value and goals of the United Nations. This award honors global work that improves the health, equality, environment, education, legal rights, living conditions, distribution of resources, rule of law or conflict resolution for people anywhere. It may also honor someone's work to enhance the knowledge and understanding about the work of the United Nations.

The award will be presented on October 29, 2017 at the UNA Dane annual luncheon to recognize the founding of the United Nations. 
The award recipient is not required to be a member of UNA Dane County to receive this award and nominees are not required to live in Dane County, but they must work in Dane County.

Past honorees have been:
2015 Cecilia Zarate-Laun for her   work helping Colombians create a peaceful participatory democracy and an economically just society.
2014  Joseph  Elder for his peace keeping in Kashmir, Vietnam, Korea, and Sri Lanka and promoting the work of the United Nations. 
2013 Vince Kavaloski for teaching the philosophies of peace and social justice. 
2012 Sarith Ou and Roger Garms for the Cambodian School Project 
2011 Lisa Fernandez for providing wheelchairs and school supplies to Nicaragua
2010 Norma Berkowitz for assisting the people affected by Chernobyl 
2009 Jennifer Lowestein
2008 Mike Boehm

You are invited to submit nominations on the attached Nomination Form by July 1, 2017 to Todd Kummer, 6 Nokomis Court, Madison WI 53711 or by email at finchcrk@tds.netWe prefer that you submit nominations in electronic format.


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Education, Volunt eer and Job Opportunities...
Centro Hispano

Would you like to receive training at Madison College to work as a Nursing Assistant at a hospital, nursing home, and other facilities? Apply to receive funding at Centro Hispano. Classes begin August 2017. If you have any questions please contact Bianca Rodriguez at 608-442-4020 or

Latino Academy of Workforce Development
Teach and Tutor in Spanish! 

Hello Spanish Majors- The Latino Academy of Workforce Development is seeking Reading Language Arts tutors for students studying for their GED. We will provide materials and resource but would love your knowledge of the language to give students that one-on-one attention they deserve. This is a great opportunity to use everything you have learned and help the community. The GED/High School equivalency is a big milestone for our students and you can help them tackle the exam and get their GED!

Tutoring would be Tuesday and Thursdays between 5:30 PM and 8:30 PM. 
Please email if you are available!

Political Science 601

CP 300

Family Court Clinic
The FCC needs Spanish interpreters who are able to devote at least two hours per week to either answer the FCC intake line and schedule appointments at the Law School, OR, to participate at the courthouse to interpret for law students who meet with Spanish-Speaking community members; OR, to make phone calls to our Spanish-speaking clients and to interpret at client meetings. Occasional document translation may also be requested. Regular attendance at shifts is essential to the work as is proficiency in Spanish.
Contact Marsha Mansfield -

Inter-L&S 210

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
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.

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

Bilingual Legal Receptionist
World Language Education
Anthro 352




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
Spring 2017: Professional Development

Summer 2017 Professional Development
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)
  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
Madison--May 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6    Thurs evenings 4:30-9:55pm  
Madison--July 19, then meet  July 31, Aug 1, 2, 3    ( 8am-4pm)
See listings online at UW-Parkside
CACLL/Center for Active & Collaborative Lifelong Learning, Inc. 
Madison, WI 53711             (608)772-0794   

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 


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.
AIESEC is the world's largest youth-led organization. We create leaders and empower communities through cross-cultural exchange. 
  • 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
  • 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 .

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: 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:

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

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 (, 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: 
Questions? Please contact Samantha Strok @
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.

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 (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

Millennium Development Goals Awareness Project


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

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