From the history of immigration to challenges faced by current refugees, UWM experts can provide insight and perspective on the many aspects of our public dialogue about immigration.

Rachel Ida Buff, professor of history

Buff is an immigration historian who can discuss contemporary and historical immigrant populations in Wisconsin and across the United States. She can also speak about how the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program affects higher education on systemic and individual levels, and how universities, faculty and affected students are responding.

James Peoples, professor of economics

A professor of economics, Peoples studies how globalization and a strong economy have pressured U.S. employers to hire workers, particularly immigrants, at low wages. He can discuss the growing share of immigrants in the U.S. labor market and the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Donald Trump’s ban on individuals traveling to the United States from Muslim-majority nations and how it will affect the percentage of immigrants in the American workforce, from low-skill, low-wage jobs to healthcare and academia.

Alberto Maldonado, interim director of the Roberto Hernández Center

Maldonado helps lead the Chancellor’s Committee for Hispanic Serving Initiatives at UWM, and has helped draft university policy for undocumented students. He can speak to how the campus responds to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals issues as well as the university’s efforts to recruit and support students. He can do interviews in either English or Spanish.

Ermitte Saint Jacques, assistant professor of African and African Diaspora Studies
Saint Jacques can talk about immigration, particularly in relation to Europe and to Haiti and the Caribbean.

Bev Zabler, assistant clinical professor of nursing and project director for Teaching Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s America

Zabler and health manager Sophia Franklin can speak to healthcare for immigrants and refugees. They work with the Teaching Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s America project, which seeks new solutions to the problems of access and quality of primary care for immigrants and refugees while educating future health providers. Franklin can be reached at 414-229-3858.

Tatiana Joseph, assistant professor of second language education

Joseph teaches courses in second language acquisition and studies concepts related to quality educational opportunities for urban students, especially those learning English. She served as a member of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors.

Kalyani Rai, associate professor of educational policy and community studies

Rai helps prepare early childhood education teachers to work with immigrant children. She is from Nepal and has particular expertise in immigration and working with refugees from that area.