Building Inclusive Communities: Improving Immigrant Access to Education, Health, Housing, and Local Government
Fourth Annual La Crosse Area Latina/o Collaborative Workshop on Teaching, Service and Research
The Institute for Ethnic and Racial Studies,
The University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
April 26-27, 2013
Call for Papers
Since 2010, instructors, students, and community members from school districts, colleges, and universities in the La Crosse region have held an annual workshop to share best practices in the pedagogy, research, service learning, and international education programs in Latin American and Latina/o Studies. The organizing theme for the Spring 2013 workshop is Building Inclusive Communities: Improving Immigrant Access to Education, Health, Housing, and Local Government. 2012 witnessed an increase in Latina/o participation in the democratic process, leading political commentators to question the continued value of anti-immigrant rhetoric, and there is a national consensus about the need to reform the immigration process. The Obama administration has recently instituted a deferred action program that offers better work and educational opportunities to immigrant children. We seek to foster greater awareness about the growing presence of Latina/o and Immigrant populations in Southwestern Wisconsin, South-eastern Minnesota, and Northeastern Iowa.
Community organizations and faith communities are eager to address these injustices, but lack experience or knowledge of best practices in outreach to immigrant communities. Institutions of higher education need to prepare the professionals of the future who can bridge the growing achievement divide between immigrants and local populations. By providing programming on these issues, colleges and universities can provide community leadership that allows institutions of higher education to showcase institutional commitments to inclusivity and service learning.
Our conference will highlight presentations on these developments, and will reflect on transformative opportunities in politics, society, aesthetics, literature and culture. Specific topics we would like to encourage include:
• Contemporary issues of equity, inclusivity and diversity in scholarship of Latin America and U.S. Latino populations
• Immigration, Exile, Transnationalism and Diasporas
• Race and Ethnicity in Citizenship and Community
• Immigrant Families
• Immigrants in schools
• Human trafficking and Human Rights Advocacy
• Indigenous and Post-Indigenous immigrant cultures
• Adult Literacy and Immigrant Cultural Literacy
• Representations of Immigrants and Immigration in literary and mass media
• Communities of Faith and the Immigrant
• Community Organizing, Social Justice and Stewardship
• Service Learning Opportunities with Immigrants
• Latina/o participation in local governments, school boards, and social services providers
In addition to facilitating roundtable presentations and conversations about teaching, service learning, and inter-national education through the individual papers, presentations, and panels, we invite formal conference papers and panels on related scholarly research.
The workshop is open to all interested scholars, community service organizations, immigrant advocacy groups, health and social services administrators, and elementary, middle, and secondary educators and administrators in Wisconsin and adjacent states interested in Latin American, Latina/o, and Iberian studies. We welcome scholars and artists from various disciplines such as history, literature, art, social sciences, social work, education, political science, as well as professionals who do work in international studies with an emphasis on Latin America. Proposals on U.S. Latino populations are equally welcome. Selected papers focusing on teaching innovations and methodologies of globalization will be included in a special issue of Analytic Teaching and Philosophical Praxis, an on-line, peer-reviewed, academic journal published out of Viterbo University (La Crosse, WI) dedicated to exploring the deeper philosophical, political, social and ethical implications of education.
Deadline and format for submissions: individual paper presentation, panel or roundtable proposals (2-3 presentations per panel, 75 word summary of each presentation, 1-page c.v. for each presenter): March 1, 2013. We will assign a commentator/chair. Notification of acceptance will be forwarded on March 22, along with the final conference program.
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