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Hispanic American History Congressional



All current high school sophomore’s that were accepted into 2020 program will be automatically admitted into the program for 2021.  

High school juniors that were going to be participating this year, we are sorry but you will unfortunately not be eligible to take part in next year’s program because you will be seniors next year and will have graduated when the next program takes place.  


For all students who wish to participate in the summer 2021 program we will reach out by email (anticipated in the fall) once we have a process in place to begin admission and enrollment.  You will need to confirm your spot in the program, but will not be required to complete the UAH program application or provide any of the supporting documents.  You will have to re-apply to UWP for summer 2021, we will communicate when you should do that.


Explore the Hispanic American narrative in historical events from a local and national perspective. Relate radical reconstruction of the 19th century to the political, cultural, and social activism of the 21st century.


  • Earn 3 college history credits at no cost to student
  • Exposure to Hispanic American historical paths, and to see oneself in the history
  • Engage with state and national experts on  topics related to Hispanic American history
  • Participate in PBE learning in Chicago and El Paso for FREE

Only 100 current sophomores and juniors can participate each summer.


Face-to-Face and Multi-Media Instruction

July 12-August 3 | Monday-Friday  |  9 AM-4 PM

On-Campus Days

Monday, July 12 – Friday, July 15, 2021
Monday, July 19 – Thursday, July 22, 2021
Monday, July 24
Monday, August 2 – Tuesday, August 3, 2021


Chicago Day Trip

Friday, July 23

El Paso Overnight Trip 

Tuesday, July 27
Wednesday, July 28
Thursday, July 29



In the opening week, we will identify the importance of alternate interpretations of history through lecture and group discussion and how those interpretations can change according to group perspectives. Topics will include: Hispanic American status throughout history, including immigration policy; the role of modern education in Hispanic American knowledge and identity; the cultural impact of conflict over Hispanic American citizenship; and how educational practices have alienated the Hispanic American from modern civic participation.

Through lecture, group work, and guest speakers you will discover Hispanic American identity through challenges from the past and present. The group work will give you to tools to recognize the challenges and importance of unity and develop approaches for increasing civic engagement that overcome Hispanic American historical experiences of assimilation. We will explore the role that federal and state policies have played in the efficacy of Hispanics in the political process.

On Friday, we embark on the first PBE learning trip to Chicago, IL visiting a museum and other historical sites.

We prepare for and participate in the second PBE learning trip to El Paso, TX, where we will visit museums, national historic parks, and other historical sites.

The program culminates with the Presidential Academy Showcase. You will present your lesson plan that you have developed demonstrating integration of your learning over the three weeks. 



Students must be a current high school sophomore or junior during the 2020-2021 academic year. 


Only 100 current sophomores and juniors can participate each summer. In the event that the program receives more applications than available spots a wait list will be formed.

Admission to the Congressional Academy will be conducted in two phases. 

Phase One is for eligible applicants who are enrolled at a high-minority school (30% or more students of color) or a school with 60% or more students living in poverty, and/or are enrolled at a target district school (Racine or Kenosha Unified School District.)

Phase Two is for all applicants meeting the eligibility requirements.  Phase Two applications will be accepted, and admission decisions will be made, on a first-come-first-serve basis.


  • Complete the online Congressional Academy program application
  • Have your parent complete the Parental Consent Form
  • Ask your social studies teacher or Principal  to complete the Teacher/Principal Recommendation Form
  • Have your transcript sent to

Email  |  UAH@uwp.edu 

UAH Program
UW-Parkside, Center for Professional Studies
900 Wood Road
Kenosha, WI 53144

Applications for admission to the program will not be reviewed until they are complete.


Applications open: November 1, 2020
Applications close: January 8, 2021
Admission decision: January 15, 2021


Applications open: January 11, 2021
Applications close: March 12, 2021
Admission decision: March 19, 2021

The following criteria and point system will be used to evaluate applicants in each application phase.   

Criteria for the Selection of Students Points (Max 100)
Student is a returning participant from previous year, was successful, and still qualifies based on grade level 100

Student attends a high-minority school (30% or more students of color) or a school with 60% or more students living in poverty


Student is from target districts of KUSD or RUSD

Passing grades in Freshman and Sophomore Social Studies courses 20
Student is recommended by teacher or school principal 15



Denise Olstinske | (262) 595-3001 |  uah@uwp.edu

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