Friday, June 5, 2009

Historic Event: The 1970 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) take over by the Hispanic Community

Commemorating The 39th Anniversary Of The 1970 UWM Struggle For Education

Milwaukee - This year on August 27, 2009, one of the most historical events in the City of Milwaukee as well as in Wisconsin will mark the 39th Anniversary of the 1970 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) take over by the Hispanic community. Their contribution, commitment, and success led to changing the discriminatory UWM policy that restricted access to higher education for Hispanics in 1970, has today resulted in graduating large numbers of Latinos from public and private universities throughout Wisconsin.

Click on the first and second photos for the most comprehensive story ever written and authored by H. Nelson Goodson who himself was a student, and graduated from UWM. El Conquistador Newspaper first published the two-page article on July 13, 2001 as a special edition for The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Annual Conference, which was held in Milwaukee on July 14-18, 2001. "The article actually depicts a descriptive point by point narrative, documentary and occurrences of historical events at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee that will make you experience and feel the moment in time," Goodson said. Goodson's publication of the article led to other studies and papers written about the historical event by UWM.

On July 1, 2004, Carlos E. Santiago became the first Hispanic chancellor of the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. "Our more than 28,000 students have access to 156 degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels," Santiago wrote on the Office of the Chancellor's web site. Santiago formerly held the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University at Albany, State University of New York. He replaced Nancy Zimpher, who left UWM to become president at the University of Cincinnati. Chancellor Santiago has a Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University (1982) and M.A. degrees in economics from Cornell University (1979) and the University of Puerto Rico (1975).
Unfortunately, today's educational institutions like Milwaukee Public Schools, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and other private educational institutions, as well as community based organizations have yet to provide and make available a curriculum about the historical aspect of the 1970's educational struggle to the younger generations of students.
In cooperation with Mr. H. Nelson Goodson, the author, El Conquistador Newspaper, and the Hispanic News Network U.S.A. web site, both of these pages have been now made available to the public, elementary and high school students including university students for educational purposes.

Link to UWM library website of chronicles of takeover and images included.


Here's the ¡Adelante! MPTV TV 10 show with host Patricia Gomez that aired a segment on Jan. 18, 2010 of the 40th Anniversary and Commemoration of the September 18, 2010 event at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). It shows the banquet at the UWM Ballroom and the vintage news footage of the actual takeover of Chapman Hall and UWM on August 27, 1970. The Hispanic community marched, fought, struggled and took over UWM for higher education access. Their endeavers succeeded to over turn the discriminatory UWM policy that kept Latinos from enrolling at the university.  Video Link:

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