LAS Spring Forum 2013
Victoria Seltun, an immigration lawyer from Weld, Riley, Prenn & Ricci and a member of El Centro de Conexion, presented "A Broken Immigration System: Is Comprehensive Reform Possible? If so, What Might it Look Like?" on March 13.
Our first ever LAS Newsletter was published and emailed out Summer 2012! Thanks to the hard work of LAS Committee Student Project Assistant and LAS alumni Anna Watson, we will be sending out newsletters each semester and during summers to keep everyone updated on LAS news. To view our summer newsletter, click the link below.
Economics, Domestic Immesrion, and LAS
Professors Rose Marie-Avin (economics) and Jane Pederson (History) took 15 history and 15 economics students — including one student from Eau Claire and several from western Wisconsin — to New York City April 7-15 for an immersion experience. Students participated in a project titled "New York City and the Immigrant Experience: An Economic and Historical Perspective."
- The Latin American Studies program would like to congratulate two of our recent LAS graduates, Maria Boland and Gina Malagold on their Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship awards.
LAS and Spanish graduate, Gina Malagold (2011, Right), will be a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Argentina, teaching university students who aspire to become English professors. In addition to teaching, she will be conducting research for her graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ms. Malagold is planning an additional project to establish an after-school English mentoring program for elementary school students. This will include organizing games, providing tutoring, and examining the current pedagogical practices of the students.
Spanish and LAS graduate, Maria Boland (2008 - Left), will be a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at a university in Brazil, and in her spare time will be working on education initiatives in the community, specifically encouraging girls and low income students to stay in school. She hopes to create a partnership between the community and LA SED (Latin American Sustainability Education and Development), the UWEC student organization that she helped found during her time in Eau Claire.
Both LAS graduates will receive their awards during the 2011-2012 year. To read the official UW-Eau Claire press release on these and other Blugold student awards, click here.
The LAS program also congratulates LAS alumna, Sarah Janes (not pictured), who was awarded a Fulbright-García Robles Research Fellowship. In 2008 Ms. Janes conducted fieldwork on the multi-dimensional impact in of male out-migration on female spouses in Mahuixtlán, Veracruz, Mexico. Ms. Janes is currently completing a Masters in Sustainable International Development program at Brandeis University.
- Amy Young (LAS committee member) and UW-Eau Claire students Kelsey Roets (LAS major) and Ian Allen (Spanish major) and traveled to Teustepe, Nicaragua, in January to study the political effects of microfinance on rural Nicaraguan women. Before the trip, the students studied the history of microfinance in Nicaragua and the ways in which historical precedents were responsible for present-day challenges. The trip was coordinated through UW-Eau Claire's International Fellows Program, which is funded by the Blugold Commitment. To learn more about this trip, click here or watch an informational video here.
LAS Capstone Presented in Fall 2012
(from right to left) Antonio Esparza presented his capstone on "Unauthorized Immigrants." Maggie Baker presented her capstone on "Honduran Coup Outcomes: Suppression of Indigenous Rights and Hydroelectric Power." Araceli Whitwam-Sell presented her capstone on "Latino Cultural Competence and its Essential Role in Providing Quality Services to Victims of Child Sexual Abuse." Jeremy Foss presented his capstone on "Zumba Fitness: Beto Perez and His Phenomenon."