- Professor Emeritus, Sociology
- Affiliated Professor Emeritus, Urban Studies
PhD, Sociology, Yale University,1983
By appointment only
|LATINX 323-201||Perspectives on Latino Communities||No Meeting Pattern|
|SOCIOL 323-201||Perspectives on Latino Communities||No Meeting Pattern|
- Course SOCIOL 323-201: Perspectives on Latino Communities
- Sociology of Education
- Social Stratification
- Race and Ethnic Relations
- Sociology of Latinos
- 2017 - present, Professor Emeritus
- 1997 - 2016, Professor
- 1989 - 1997, Associate Professor
- 1981 - 1989, Assistant Professor
William Velez was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He atended the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan, where he majored in Psychology and Sociology. In the 1970s he attended Yale University where he earned a doctoral degree in Sociology in 1983. He joined the UWM faculty in 1981 and in 1996 was granted the rank of full professor. Prof. Velez retired from the UWM faculty in 2017 and was granted the title of Professor Emeritus.
He is married to wife Barbara and has two children, Alfredo Joel Velez, a psychiatrist who lives in Eugene, Oregon, and Marilka Rebeca, a senior vice-president of Associated Bank, who lives in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.
While at UWM Prof. was instrumental in the creation of the Latino Studies Certificate Program, the Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies major, and the Roberto Hernandez Center. In 2021 he received the Ernest Spaights Award from UWM for his service to the university .