Position title: 4W Director of Immigration and Human Rights
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1025 West Johnson Street, MD#23
Madison, WI 53706-1706
Erika Rosales is the Director of the new Center for Dreamers at UW. She also works at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at WIDA as a Diversity and Inclusion Specialist and has done recent work at the Global Health Institute as a Human Rights Curriculum Coordinator focusing on migration, child health, and human rights. Additionally, she is an active member of the 4W Women in Translation Project. The 4W International Women Collective Translation Project convenes scholars from across disciplines and institutions as part of a collaborative translation praxis. It aims to make texts and related ideas that are only available in Spanish also accessible in English – and vice versa – to benefit writers and readers around the world. Erika received her graduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from the Cultural Foundations of Community Engagement and Education Program. Erika is an undocumented immigrant and a DACA recipient. She is also an immigration activist and has helped organize immigration events and rallies locally and nationally. She often speaks out about her experience and knowledge about DACA and immigration as a guest lecturer and through media interviews and published pieces. Erika is also an artist who believes that art is medicine that heals us, and she considers herself a healer through her art. She has worked on local mural projects for social justice efforts and facilitated youth art workshops. Erika has also been a cultural dancer for over 15 years and has danced professionally in several Mexican Folkloric dance groups as well as an Afro Peruvian dance group. You may view some of her abstract paintings here.