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The Culture of Wisconsin's Mexican Immigrants

  • 732 Struck Street Madison, WI, 53711 United States (map)

About the Course

This course is taught using Sartre’s progressive-regressive framework for interpreting history to better understand an event (the conquest of Mexico), what happened before it to cause it (the role of Spain and the Aztec empire), and what happened since (colonization, roots of poverty, 16 layer caste system, etc.) to explain the culture of Wisconsin’s Mexican immigrants. Several indigenous populations are included in this review of one of the most important events in the history of North America. In addition, this course provides an appreciation of the Mexican culture by offering a personal experience through the use of the five senses, field trips (last date of class) to experience a Mexican tienda and restaurant. Through exposure to a few meaningful key code words in the Mexican Spanish language, informative stories, videos, historical highlights, and active discussions, an awareness of how the Mexican culture and history have influenced the Mexican mestizo of today will follow. And in the process, learners will collaborate to increase their own awareness and appreciation of culture, history, lifestyle, diversity and how they -- and others -- think, communicate and behave within a multicultural context. Resources and practical information will be shared. The end result -- a deeper understanding of your own culture and the Mexican culture as well as cultural competencies – your work will be more effective and rewarding. Includes fieldtrip to a Mexican store and restaurant (Materials fee $53) Must request permission if your registration is above 12 participants. 

Schedule and Location

  • 1:00 pm -5:00 pm on 9 Saturday afternoons
  • March 11, 18 (independent study online), 25 & April 1, 8 (field trip), 15, 22, 29
    and May 6 

Courses will be held at:
732 Struck St.
Madison, WI 53711

Course Fees

CHOOSE either professional development hours -- or -- CHOOSE 3 credits


  • 3 grad credits ($840)   OR 
  • 3 undergrad credits ($525)   OR   
  • audit/no credits ($234)   OR  
  • training only ($159)

Credit Information

Graduate/undergraduate credits or record of audit courses are offered through University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Institute for Professional Educator Development, in a collaborative partnership with CACL/Center for Active & Collaborative Learning. UW-Parkside is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. The WI Department of Public Instruction accepts successful completion of these courses for meeting the continuing professional education requirement under Ch. PI 34. It is each student’s responsibility to check with DPI and school district to evaluate and understand any requirements related to the use of courses taken for professional development/educator licensure purposes.


Contact Marti Sopher, Ph.D.
CACLL/Center for Active & Collaborative Lifelong Learning in collaboration with UW-Parkside
732 Struck St. #111
Madison, WI 53711
(608) 772-0794