Rural Immigration Summit looks at state’s changing cultural demographics — Feb. 29

Perspectives on immigration will be the focus of a one-day, community educational summit to be held on February 29, 2008, at the West Square Administration Building in Baraboo from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Rural Immigration Summit is designed to bring south central Wisconsin community residents together to learn about impacts of immigration.

The Rural Immigration Summit will provide a framework for understanding immigration in historic, current, local and national perspectives; provide an opportunity to explore immigration issues and gather resources and information for further dialog and discussion; and increase knowledge of Latino immigration to move toward more effective programs and initiatives in rural Wisconsin.

Anyone interested in better understanding the impacts of immigration on Wisconsin residents, native and immigrant, including school officials, employers, public service providers, elected officials, and the general public should attend. We will spend a day examining issues surrounding our burgeoning Latino population. The topics will include:
History of Immigration in Wisconsin

  • Latino Immigrants in Wisconsin’s Dairy Industry
  • Life of the Latino Immigrant in Wisconsin
  • Life in Rural Mexico: Lessons from a Cultural Immersion Experience
  • Economic Impact of Immigration in Wisconsin Communities

Registration for this event is $15.00 and includes lunch. Registration is due by Friday, February 22nd, however space is limited so early registration is recommended. Please contact the Sauk County UW-Extension office for additional information at (608) 355-3250 or visit for registration materials.