CLACS Summer Teacher Institute focused on “Under-Reported Stories from Latin America”

Migrants and asylum seekers from all over the world follow a treacherous migration route through the Darién Gap in an effort to reach the United States.

Amazonian youth activists challenge environmental degradation and develop positive actions to defend and sustain their territory.

Vulnerable communities in Peru confront the challenges of water access during the COVID-19 crisis.

These were the memorable images and stories shared by journalists Nadja Drost, Pablo Albarenga, and Musuk Nolte with 133 K-16 educators who participated in the virtual 2020 CLACS annual summer institute.  The institute, “Under-Reported Stories from Latin America,” was a collaboration between the UWM Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) with the Washington, D.C.-based Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.  The institute was also cosponsored by UW-Madison Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies (LACIS) and the Florida International University (FIU) Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center. CLACS, LACIS and FIU are Title VI National Resource Centers, funded by the U.S. Department of Education.  Educators participated from 27 states, plus Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and Germany.  In addition to the journalists’ presentations, the institute included discussion of resources and classroom applications.

“I learned so much and feel like I am on the road to connecting better with my students and providing them with rich engaging lessons.”  Donna Sturycz, Greenfield Bilingual School (WI)

“This workshop provided access to compelling views of the world that will allow us to help our students to become more effective global citizens.”  Abra Koch, Loveland High School (OH)

“Thank you for this amazing, truly eye-opening and informative, two days of resources and inspiration.” Inés Gómez-Ochoa, The Chapin School (NY)