Migration Webinar Series: Wisconsin/Milwaukee Ties

Fall Migration Webinar Series:  Latin America and the U.S.

Organized by the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program (LACIS), UW-Madison and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), UW-Milwaukee

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Upcoming Webinar

November 18

Wisconsin/Milwaukee Ties 

This webinar will focus on individual, day-to-day lives and work.  By closing the series in this way, we are bringing the many migration issues discussed throughout the fall to reflect more fully on people’s stories and lived experiences.


Rachel Bloom-Pojar (CLACS Fellow and Associate Professor of English at UW-Milwaukee),  “Navigating Rhetorics of Reproductive Justice with Promotores de Salud”

This talk will feature stories about navigating rhetorics reproductive justice with promotores de salud (community health promoters) who work in Milwaukee and across Wisconsin. Originally from various countries in Central and South America, these promotores de salud draw from their lived experiences with migration and communicative expertise to cultivate confianza (trust/confidence) when discussing reproductive and sexual health. They also navigate different aspects of reproductive justice with the varied institutional goals and funding constraints they face with their work in education and advocacy.

Jesús Salas (activist, ShopTalk speaker for the Wisconsin Humanities Council’s Working Lives Project, and former member of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents), “Obreros Unidos(United Workers)”

This power point presentation will focus on the Midwestern Migrant Stream that in the early 1960’s exceeded 100,000 migrant seasonal workers from the Texas Borderlands to the Great Lakes Region, including 15,000 to the state of Wisconsin. It provides a gllimpse of Obreros Unidos(United Workers): The Legacy of Wisconsin Farmworker’s Social Unionism.

Margarita García Rojas (LACUSL alumna, Graduate student, Department of History, University of Illinois), “Mexican migration to the Midwest: When we’re together, we’re home”

My presentation will focus on my family’s migration story from Mexico City to Beloit, Wisconsin in 2001. I will include details from the journey, the resources my family used, employment, having to move away from my family in rural Wisconsin to move to MKE where my mom located and utilized new resources, living in a transnational and mixed status family after members of our family self-deported, and how my family’s stories can relate to others (pulling from my past interviews with immigrant students in MKE)

Welcome and Moderation by Natasha Borges Sugiyama (Professor, Dept of Political Science and CLACS Director)