Maribel Bird

Maribel Bird

Associate Professor
World Languages and Cultures


  • B.A. in Spanish Literature, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan
  • M.L.A. University of Puerto Rico, San Juan
  • M.E.P.D. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
  • Ph.D. in Adult Education, Capella University

 Courses Taught: 

  • Elementary Spanish
  • Intermediate Spanish
  • Reading for Speed and Comprehension
  • Conversation and Grammar
  • Advanced Composition
  • Spanish for Social Work
  • U.S. Hispanic Cultures
  • Latin American Civilization
  • Literature of Spanish America
  • Culture Studies in Mexico
  • Contemporary Issues in the Spanish Speaking World
 Research Interests:  
  • Diversity 
  • Cultural Competence
  • Teaching Language in Context
  • Assessment

Scholarly Presentations: 

  • April 2011. "Global Partnerships in the Coulee Region: Research and Service Learning for Community Interpreters in Training." Panel presentation at the Citizenship and Community: La Crosse Area Latina/o Collaborative (LALAC) Workshop on Teaching, Service and Research. University of Wisconsin–La Crosse
  • April 2011. "Teaching Culture in the Language Classroom." Panel presentation at the spring faculty development workshop: Teaching and Learning Frameworks: Sharing disciplinary perspectives. Viterbo University
  • May 2011. "The La Crosse-Nicaragua Connection: Interpreting Opportunities for Viterbo Students" Panel presentation at the First Year Cohort Community Interpreting Celebration.Viterbo University, La Crosse
  • August 2010. "Teaching Issues of Social Justice through a Latin American Studies Minor." Rouge Forum Conference: Education in the Public Interest: Teaching and Learning for a Democratic Society. George Williams College, Aurora University Williams Bay, Wis.
  • April 2010. "Student Perspectives on Learning in Latin American Studies Courses." Panel Presentation, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) Conference, Viterbo University
  • April 2010. Panel moderator for "Teaching Human Rights", CLACS Conference, Viterbo University
  • 2008. "Practical Suggestions for the Incorporation of Social Justice Issues in the Curriculum." WCSWE Spring Conference. Wisconsin Dells
  • 2007. "Nature’s Constitutional Rights in Ecuador," Panel presentation at the Humanities Symposium, Immigrants and Refugees, Viterbo University
  • 2007. Panel moderator for "Latin America Immigration Issues," Immigrants and Refugees, Humanities Symposium, Viterbo University

Community Involvement:  

  • November 2011. "New Immigration Legislation in the USA." Presentation, Amnesty International, La Crosse Chapter
  • June 2011. Consultant for La Crosse County on Diversity workshop planning
  • February 2010. "Women of Atenco." Presentation, Amnesty International, La Crosse Chapter
  • February 2010. La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, Fundraiser participant as Conductor Wannabe
  • 2009- La Crosse Multicultural Resource Guide, diversity consultant
  • May 2009. Mentor for Matthew Kotek, West Salem Senior Exit Project
  • November 2009. "The Coup in Honduras." Presentation, Amnesty International, La Crosse Chapter
  • 2008. "Hispanic/Latino Cultures." Panel Presentation, Staff Development Lunch. Gundersen Lutheran. La Crosse       

Workshop Presenter: 

  • May, 2011. "Cultural Competence for Community-Health." Question and Answer presentation for a public health research team traveling to Nicaragua
  • August, 2010. "Diversity Training for Incoming Freshmen." Viterbo University, La Crosse
  • August, 2010. "Diversity Training for Resident Assistants." Viterbo University, La Crosse
  • January, 2010. "Diversity Training for Law Enforcement Officers." Onalaska
  • 2005. "Introduction to Diversity Training: A Two-Hour Workshop for Community Leaders." Sparta
  • 2005. "Diversity Training for Health Care Providers." Skemp Clinic, Sparta

Committee Memberships:

  • 2012- Diversity Task Force
  • 2011- Social Work Search Committee
  • 2010- Seminar II
  • 2009- Education Committee
  • 2008-09- Board of Review
  • 2008- La Crosse Health Care Consortium, Cultural Competence Committee
  • 2006- Latin American Studies Committee
  • 2000- Amnesty International, La Crosse Chapter


  • 2010- Spanish Club
  • 2004- Student Organization Advocating for Human Rights


  • November 2011. YWCA, Outstanding Woman in Education
  • September 2011. Departmental grant recipient to bring speaker Patrick Muriethi to Viterbo
  • April 2010. Faculty Development International Grant recipient
  • 2006. Title VI Grant Recipient


  • 2010.  Service trip to Nicaragua with Gundersen Lutheran and Global Partners
  • 2008.  Ecuador to explore study-abroad possibilities for Viterbo students
  • 2007.  Educational trip to Cuba
  • 2007.  Cultural trip to Peru
  • 2006.  Educational trip to México with Viterbo students


  • Bird, M.V. (2011). Exposing cultural bias in the classroom: Self-evaluation as a catalyst for transformation. Analytic Teaching and Philosophical Praxi, 32, 18-21
  • La Crosse Health Care Consortium, Cultural Competency Committee (2009). "Cultural Competency Online Learning Modules." La Crosse, Wis.
  • Bird, M.V. (2008). Effectiveness of Diversity Courses from the Perspective of Students and Faculty: A Case Study. Dissertation Abstracts International, 69 (01). (UMI No. 3296769)     
  • Bird, M.V. (1995). Examining Curriculum Theory to Create Meaningful Curriculum Experiences for Middle Level Students. Unpublished master’s thesis, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse