Noticias de la Semana
November 6th-November 13th, 2016

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

Dear LACIS students, colleagues and friends,

This Tuesday is Election Day. LACIS will not have a lunchtime lecture on November 8th.

Please take advantage of the wonderful events for this week.


The LACIS Staff: Hernando, Alberto, Darcy, Sarah, Isabel, and Jesus 
P.S. If you wish to submit an event or announcement for inclusion in the "Noticias de la Semana," please click HERE and complete our online submission form. Thank you!
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Education, Volunteer & Job Opportunities
Upcoming lectures

Upcoming lectures:

This Week...  

Sunday, November 6th- Thursday, November 10th
Fall is here and the season of Caramel Apples has STARTED!! Latin based Sorority, Lovely Ladies of Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority, Inc. - Chi Chapter are selling DELICIOUS Caramel Apples.

They're selling them for $5 each, or buy 2 for $9 or 3 for $12!

Toppings: Plain (caramel), Crushed Heath Bar, or Crushed Peanuts!

They will be accepting orders from now 10/18 until November 10th.

Apples will be available for pick up on Monday, November 14th in room 16 Ingraham Hall (Ceo office) from 12pm - 3:15pm.  

Dont forget to fill your order form by clicking the link below.

Payment is due upon receiving your caramel apple.
Tuesday, November 7th- Friday, November 11th

Tuesday, November 8th

Tuesday, November 8th
Please join us on Tuesday, November 8th at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin Economic and Workforce Center of Leadership Excellence, 1021 W. National Ave. from 3:00- 5:00 for this special FREE workshop on how to best use technology to operate, grow and protect your business. This workshop is being led by one of HCCW's Corporate Members, BMT Systems, for all interested business owners and entrepreneurs. 

To register call 414-643-6963 or send and email to We look forward to having you be a part of this fantastic workshop whether you are just starting or growing your business. REGISTER TODAY!!
Tuesday, November 8th 
Wednesday, November 9th
Wednesday, November 9 @ 5:30pm-7:30pm
Wisconsin Union South

Learn about Latin American cultures and celebrate Dia de los Muertos with WUD Global Connections and AXOLOTE Group of Mexican Friends. Dia de los Muertos is Latin American Holiday, although most strongly associated with Mexico, mainly focusing on the gathering of family members and friends to celebrate passed family members.

We will have sugar skull decorating and more. We will also be viewing a fantastic documentary on Dia de los Muertos. You won't want to miss the delicious Pan de Muerto!

This free event is open to all students, staff and faculty of UW Madison as well as Union Members and their guests.
Thursday, November 10th

Join the Bias response team for an interactive and informative forum on Bias and Hate procedures and responses on the UW-Madison Campus. 

Come get better informed on what to do when faced with a situation that is harmful to you or the campus community. 

Thursday, November 10th
Thursday, November 10th
Friday, November 11th
Saturday, November 12th
T o celebrate the end of homecoming week 2016 the Brothers of Lambda Theta Phi - Gamma Theta Chapter & the Sisters of Chi Upsilon Sigma - Beta Upsilon Colony bring to you "Encendido". Our very own DJ Suzio & DJ Knockout will be spinning. This will be a great opportunity to network with other orgs and your peers. The event is free of charge, come out and enjoy una noche de musica encendida!
Saturday, November 12th
To celebrate our Chapter's 11th Charterversary at UW-Madison we are hosting a womxn's empowerment workshop that is free and open to all students! This event will consist of a talk provided by Ali Trevino-Murphy, a UW Alumn, YWCA staff member, and martial arts instructor. Ali will discuss sexual assualt and current issues impacting the womxn on our campus and what we can do as a community to make a difference. 

There will also be small group discussions, a free dinner and a free self-defense class led by Ali, so dress comfortably! Although the event is a womxn's empowerment workshop it is not exclusive to individuals who identify as womxn. As we know sexual assault is an issue that affects everyone on campus and we should all be taking part in these conversations and seeking solutions to put an end to sexual violence. Please RSVP for the event using this link:  We hope to see many of you there!

In case you would like to read up a bit on the use of the term womxn: 
Upcoming Events...
Monday, November 14th
"The Fight for Fair Food: Why Consumers Are Boycotting Wendy's"
Time: 12.00pm
Room: 340 Ingraham Hall
About the CIW:  The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) is a farmworker-led human rights organization recognized internationally for its achievements in social responsibility, human trafficking, and gender-based violence at work. The CIW's Fair Food Program has eliminated modern-day slavery and sexual violence, improved farmworker wages for the first time in decades, and guaranteed basic protections for workers. In 2015, the Program expanded beyond the Florida tomato industry to include seven states and three crops.
About the Presentation: We will be discussing the  history of the CIW and conditions faced by farmworkers in the U.S. agricultural industry, including abuses such as sexual harassment and forced labor, and the transformative changes now in effect in the U.S. tomato industry due to CIW's  Fair Food Program . We will be raising consciousness about Wendy's refusal to join the Fair Food Program and the national Wendy's Boycott declared earlier this year by thousands of farmworkers and consumers in the face of the company's decision to move tomato purchases to Mexico, where endemic human rights violations go largely unchecked. Their decision to shift purchases was done intentionally to run away from the CIW's Fair Food Program, a unique partnership between farmworkers, farmers and 14 corporate retailers, including McDonald's, Taco Bell and WalMart, that is rooting out abuse and sexual harassment in fields from Florida to North Carolina to Maryland. 
Tuesday, November 15th

Please join us for the LACIS Lunchtime Lecture...

"Is Civic Culture Dead? A Comparative analysis of Mexico, United States, Colombia, and Brazil "
Tuesday, November 15th  
206 Ingraham 

Presented by Hernando Rojas, Helen Firstbrook Franklin Professor of Journalism in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Director of the Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies program at UW-Madison.

About the speaker:
Hernando Rojas is the Helen Firstbrook Franklin Professor of Journalism in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His scholarship focuses on political communication, in particular examining: (a) the deployment of new communication technologies for social mobilization in a variety of contexts; (b) the influence of audience perceptions of media (and audience perceptions of media effects) on both public opinion and the structure of the public sphere; and (c) the conditions under which media support democratic governance.

Rojas currently serves as Co-Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Public Opinion Research and Director of the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies program at UW- Madison.
About the presentation: This presentation summarizes key findings of an ongoing comparative analysis of political culture examining Mexico, United States, Colombia, and Brazil. Based on 2016 public opinion surveys conducted in these countries, we explore the contours of political culture in each system. In particular, we focus on communication practices, institutional and social trust, perceptions of governmental performance, political participation and political polarization.

Tuesday, November 15th
Join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, UW-Madison MEChA, students and community members in Madison for a #BoycottWendys action on November 15 at 12:00PM at the Wendy's on State Street! 

The action is part of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' Behind the Braids Midwest tour. As Wendy's continues to ignore farmworkers' demands to improve wages and conditions in the fields, the CIW is on the road spreading the truth behind Wendy's empty Code of Conduct and failed attempts at social responsibility.

To get in touch for more information email us at See you in the streets!

Wednesday, November 16th

Thursday, November 17th

Thursday, November 17 at 6 PM -
7:30 PM @ Red GYm 

As part of International Education Week, UW-Madison alumni are coming to campus and they want to talk to you about their careers and yours!

Come to meet and network with alumni who took their international experiences to work with them in a broad range of career areas, from business to education, science to communication.

Learn about the paths that former students took to get where they are today and get advice for your own next steps.

Refreshments will be provided!
Saturday, November 19th

For far too long we have been quiet about not only our personal experiences but also about the experiences that marginalized peoples face on a regular basis. As we continue to keep the conversation going, join us on a new approach to building a stronger sense of community. Join us on a new approach to understanding one another better.

We are opening this platform for students, faculty and members of the UW Madison Community to share their stories. Story submission will be open till Friday, November 4th. The complied stories will be shared in a video. We are truly thankful for those of you who choose to share your stories with us and will treat you and your experiences with the utmost amount of respect.

the video: The video will include people sharing their personal eperiences in a *reading letter* format or will include volunteers reading the experiences of others in the *reading letter* format. 

We welcome all members of the University of Wisconsin-Madison community to join us on November 19th, 2016.

C'mon all!  #LetsTalkUW 
Below is a day of the event itinerary:

10:30AM: Check-in begins (BAGELS!) 
11:00AM: Introduction 
11:10AM: Quick Icebreaker 
11:25AM: Safe Space Rules 
11:45PM: Show Video
12:15 PM: Discussion
1:00PM: Notecard Activity/LUNCH Break 
1:30PM: Back to the Note Cards 
1:45PM: Forgiveness 
2:00PM: Closing Remarks (COOKIES!)
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to send us a message via Facebook or email: 

Wednesday, November 30th

Dr. Hertzman will be holding office hours on Thursday, Dec. 1 from 2-4pm in Social Sciences rm 5236! This will be an especially good opportunity for graduate students.

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Education, Volunt eer and Job Opportunities...
Literacy Network
Do you have 8-10 hours a week to do meaningful, interesting work Spring semester?
Become an ESL Intern at Literacy Network!

Hands-on experience with:
  • ESL lesson planning
  • Volunteer management
  • Classroom management
  • Madison's ELL population
  • Local non-profits
Past interns have said :
"The best part of my experience in CL has been watching the joy and friendships that form between tutor and learner. It's wonderful to see two completely different people work toward a common goal."
"Learning a different style of lesson planning has really helped give me different ways to think."
"Seeing a student get really excited about something they were learning was hugely rewarding."
"You really have a feeling of responsibility and self-accomplishment, but at the same time you know you always have the support of the program director if you need it!"
Apply online by noon on Friday, November 11th.  
For a full position description and to apply, go to:

Volunteer at Centro Hispano
Government Job Fair

Once again this year, L&S Career Services is pleased to be able to offer UW students FREE round trip motor coach transportation to the Government Career Fair in Chicago
- sponsored by the Government College Relations Council (GCRC) of which I am a member. The fair will be a mixture of both employer tables and breakout sessions and we expect to have between 40-50 federal, state of IL and city (various IL) employers in attendance.  More to come on that later.
In order to attend you will need to clear THE ENTIRE DAY 11/18 as the bus will depart campus around 9am and return around 7pm depending on traffic.  If you wish to ride down to Chicago and stay there, you will simply need to alert the chaperones as you board the bus on the 18th that you won't be returning with us.  If you are a current student or an alum who wants to attend the fair on your own (ie not take the bus), please do so - you are welcome!  When you get to UIC, just sign in as a UW student so you can get in free. 
The link to RSVP for this event is: and questions can be directed to: 
UW Sports in Dominican Republic

UW Sports in the Dominican Republic 
Summer 2017 Study Abro ad

Study abroad this summer with fellow Badgers, exploring the Dominican Republic's history through the lenses of sports and culture.

This three-week program is open to all UW-Madison students, but is specially designed to accommodate UW student athletes' summer training schedules. 

Learn more & apply > 

Sponsored by the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Department of History, this program explores the history of the Dominican Republic from first contact with European powers, to the age of colonization, to the dictatorial regimes of the post-colonial period, to present-day relations with the US. Tying these themes together, you'll also examine the place of baseball within the history and culture of the Dominican Republic.

Led by UW-Madison History Professor Karl Shoemaker, you'll be treated to guest lectures from local experts and excursions to historical sites and attractions, including MLB Academy. 

You'll receive in-residence credit for History 225.
Scholarships available!

The deadline for applying to UW Sports in the Dominican Republic is February 24, 2017.  
For more info about this and other study abroad programs, visit, or stop by the Study Abroad Resource Center in 106 Red Gym, weekdays from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.

Castro & Gutierrez Law Office

Two available positions at Castro & Gutierrez Law Office. We are looking for two legal assistants as soon as possible. They must be fluent/advanced in Spanish. We practice Immigration Law, primarily family benefits. 

Please see the attached PDF of the posting in the UW Job Center for more information. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me ( ) or Attorney Mary Castro ( ).

UW Job Center

Futura Language Professionals

Seeking Dynamic Part-Time Spanish Teachers for our Internship Positions
Futura Language Professionals is one of the largest and most prominent Spanish language providers in the country. Since 2001 we have taught Spanish to thousands of children using our trademarked Building Block Method of Learning®. As we continue to rapidly grow, we are seeking reliable, dynamic teachers with child-friendly personalities to join our exclusive team over one hundred Spanish instructors.

This is a highly sought after, selective position with room for career advancement.
Qualifications We Require:
  • Self-starter with excellent communication skills in both English and Spanish
  • Experience working with children
  • Sophomore standing in college (minimum education required)
  • Ability to manage a classroom of 8-15 students ranging from K-5th grade
  • Minimum of one semester commitment (long-term commitment preferred)
  • Ability to check email daily
  • Passion for the Spanish language
Our classes:
  • 8-10 weeks per semester (September-December; February-May)
  • Meet for one hour before or after school (8am-9am; 3-5pm)
  • Teachers instruct one to four classes per week
  • Lesson plans and materials provided
  • Proven and developed curriculum
  • Incorporate songs, games and cultural activities using our trademarked Building Block Method of Learning®

    We offer:
  • Excellent hourly pay of $28-$33/class, dependent on experience
  • Paid comprehensive training and ongoing support
  • Opportunity to work and network with like-minded professionals
  • Career advancement opportunities and referrals
  • Ability to network with local school districts

    If you're interested in inspiring lifelong language learners, please send your resume and cover letter to:
                        Blanca C. García at
        *Please indicate in your email:
        -Your availability
        -Your transportation method
        -If you can commit through December or longer
        -How many classes you are interested in teaching
Consular Fellows - Spanish

We are currently accepting applications for  Consular Fellows - Spanish positions. 

New hires who commit to a four-year service agreement will be eligible to receive a recruitment incentive 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 be eligible to participate in the Department's Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) at any post in which they serve when they sign an initial three-year service agreement. 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. By law, all candidates must be appointed to the Foreign Service prior to the month in which they reach age 60, except for preference eligible veterans. 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.
Fall 2016 Language Institute Events

International Career Connections: Alumni Mentoring
Thursday, Nov. 17; 6:00 pm
Discovery Building

UW-Madison alumni are coming to campus and they want to talk to you about their careers and yours! Come to meet and network with alumni who took their international experiences to work with them in a broad range of career areas, from business to education, science to communication. Learn about the paths that former students took to get where they are today and get advice for your own next steps. Refreshments will be provided.
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 -UWBadgers, 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 @
Joaquim Nabuco Award 2017

Call for Submissions

The Brazil Initiative of the International Division in collaboration with the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program sponsors the Joaquim Nabuco Award, given annually to the two best essays on Brazil (any field) by a degree-seeking University of Wisconsin-Madison student. The essay may be written in English or Portuguese and should have at least 15 double-spaced pages. The competition is not open to previous Joaquim Nabuco Award winners. The prize, a lump-sum cash award of $2000, is given to one graduate and one undergraduate student each.  The winners are strongly encouraged to use the award for a research trip to Brazil. Applicants must agree to present their paper in person during the Fall semester following the receipt of the award and must make every effort to be introduced by their faculty/thesis advisor. 
Applications should include a cover letter stating the student was enrolled at UW-Madison during the academic year. Only electronic submissions are accepted. Deadline for submissions is TBA. Please direct questions and send electronic submissions to

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

5-7 p.m. (Every Tuesday)

The Sett, 2nd floor, Union South

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.

Thursdays 4:30pm-6:30pm

Kollege Klub

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 
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

If you wish to submit an event or announcement for inclusion in the "Noticias de la Semana," please complete our  online submission form. Thank you!