Congratulations to Professor Marla Ramírez on receiving a Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Grant ($120,000 over 3 years) for her project, “Retrofitting Latinxs into the Wisconsin Historical Narrative.” The Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment is a competitive grant program that honors the legacy of Ineva Reilly Baldwin and Ira Baldwin by funding projects that foster public engagement and the advancement of the Wisconsin Idea. Winning proposals realize the notion that the knowledge and solutions generated by UW-Madison will benefit the people of Wisconsin, the nation, and the world.
Professor Ramírez will partner with Professor Almita Miranda (Geography and Chican@ & Latin@ Studies) to carry out their project, “Retrofitting Latinxs into the Wisconsin Historical Narrative.” The project description is as follows:
“Latina/o/xs have a long-rooted presence in Wisconsin but their histories are largely absent in institutional archives. To provide more visibility to Latinxs and, informed by the Wisconsin Idea, the ‘Wisconsin Latinx History Collective,’ an academic and community partnership, will document Latinx history. The three main goals of the project are to: 1) increase primary sources on Latinxs in Wisconsin in the state archives; 2) train students and community members to conduct oral histories; and 3) make these histories widely accessible to students, researchers, and the general public. The projects will contribute primary sources to the Wisconsin Historical Society through video and audio recorded oral history interviews, transcriptions, and cultural artifacts that capture the diversity of Latinx communities, collaborating with students, staff, and faculty at UW-Madison, at other campuses, and community partners throughout the state. To disseminate the collected primary sources, the project will partner with K-12 educators to implement Latinx histories in their curricula.”
Read the full award announcement at UW-Madison News.