LACIS graduate, Alida Cardós Whaley (BA, 2011), was recently hired by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at UW-Milwaukee to serve as their Advisor and Academic Programs Coordinator. Here is a transcript of a recent interview with Alida:
1. Please provide a general overview of your duties:
I will be serving as an advisor working directly with UWM students involved in CLACS’ Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latino (LACUSL) studies major and Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) certificate. I will also be responsible for developing new, creative, and dynamic programming for CLACS to increase visibility and engagement by UWM students and the community at large.
2. Highlight any special experiences you’ve had on the job so far:
While I am only a couple weeks in and still completing new employee trainings, I did get the opportunity to utilize my graphic design skills to develop a brochure insert about the LACUSL and LACS programs that is being used during “New Student Orientations”. The exciting experiences I am awaiting include beginning to meet with students and developing some brilliant programming.
3. Touch on ways that your LACIS degree contributed to preparing you for this job:
To be honest, having graduated with the LACIS degree and honors in the major from UW was a huge part of why I was a strong candidate for this position. In fact, without my background I feel that I would not have been offered this position. CLACS was looking for someone who had a connection to Latin American and Caribbean Studies; they were looking for someone who spoke either Spanish or Portuguese; they were looking for someone with a passion for this area of study because all of these qualities make for an ideal candidate in this position. While CLACS was also seeking someone with experience in programming, advising, and working within a university setting I know that I was selected because I have much more to offer.
As an individual, I am dedicated to forever learning more about Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latinos in the U.S. and around the globe. My genuine interest stems from a personal connection, making the thread all the more unbreakable. As the new Advisor and Academic Programs Coordinator with CLACS at UWM I will now be able to continue sharing my passion for this area of studies with students and the greater Milwaukee community. I can’t wait!
All of us in LACIS wish Alida the best in this new chapter in her life!
The University of Wisconsin Consortium, a partnership between the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies (LACIS) Program at UW-Madison and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at UW-Milwaukee, serves as a major resource for the State of Wisconsin, the Upper Midwest, and the nation. The Consortium’s high quality academic programs and outreach are recognized by the US Department of Education, which has designated it a Title VI National Resource Center since 1961 at Madison, 1965 at Milwaukee, and 1973 as a consortium. Learn more HERE.