Official Blog of the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

LACIS in the Community

by Bette Benson (LACIS Social Media/Outreach Intern, BA, Pol Sci, Intl Stud & LACIS ’15)

One of the great things about the LACIS program is how we get to be involved in the Madison community. It is especially exciting to get involved with Wisconsin youth! Between August 2013 and August 2014, LACIS sponsored or co-sponsored 120 individual events, programs, lectures, conferences, etc. Roughly 11,410 people attended these events in total. Of these 11,410, 1,356 were K-12 students! This article summarizes an event in conjunction with Middleton High School that brought in Swiss-born author, filmmaker, photographer, and adventurer Karin Muller, to talk about her recent excursions, as well as her non-profit for students of all ages, as well as their teachers, Take 2, Inc..

Karin Muller


More recently, LACIS helped out with World Appreciation Day at Union South. Over 400 middle school students, teachers, and chaperones from nine schools in southern and central Wisconsin came to the UW-Madison campus on  November 17th for a morning of sessions to introduce the languages, cultures, histories, politics, and traditions of various countries.

Photos by Kerry G. Hill/UW-Madison Division of International Studies
Photo by Kerry G. Hill/UW-Madison Division of International Studies


It’s through events like Karin Muller’s visit or World Appreciation Day that LACIS and our co-sponsors hope to inspire Wisconsin’s youth to be global citizens! As the Fall Semester winds down, we look forward to a Spring Semester full of events engaging with the Madison community!

These events were funded in part by the Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies Program through a grant provided by the U.S. Department of Education’s Title IV Program.