Hispanic Drylands | Discussion & Presentation

March 15, 2024 | 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM


Exploring the links between drylands, Chicanos, and Latinos unveils a rich tapestry of interconnectedness, shaped by historical, environmental, and cultural factors. Drylands, characterized by arid conditions, have played a significant role in shaping the experiences and identities of Chicanos and Latinos throughout history. By understanding and appreciating these connections, we can gain insight into the complex interplay between human societies and the natural world, giving insight into the importance of fostering sustainable relationships with arid ecosystems for future generations.

In efforts between the Chicano/Latino Faculty and Staff Association (CLFSA) at Arizona State University & the Global Drylands Center (GDC), the evening will be dedicated to exploring and linking the themes and interplay of both.

We will have the honor of hearing speakers Dr. Ferran Garcia-Pichel & Dr. Anita Huizar-Hernandez present via their respective perspectives & specialties. Anticipate great food & even better conversation!

Venue Information & Maps

The event will be hosted at Cocina Chiwas, semifinalists of the 2024 James Beard Awards.

The location of the venue can be found below.

Directions to Cocina Chiwas from ASU Tempe


  • Dr. Anita Huizar-Hernandez, Associate Director, Hispanic Research Center
  • Dr. Ferran Garcia-Pichel, Director, Biodesign Center for Fundamental & Applied Microbiomics
  • Dr. Irasema Coronado, Director & Professor, School of Transborder Studies
  • Dr. Rafael Martinez, Asst Professor, CISA – School of Applied Sciences and Arts
  • Dr. Hinsby Cadillo-Quiroz, Associate Professor, School of Life Sciences
  • Dr. Osvaldo Sala, Regents Professor, Global Drylands Center
  • Rachel Fernandez, CLFSA President-Elect, Chicano/Latino Faculty and Staff Association
  • Dr. Lisa Magana, Professor of Transborder Studies, Associate Dean of Strategic Charter Initiatives 
  • Alberto Rios, Piper Center Director and University Professor, English
  • Dr. Francisco Lara-Valencia, Professor, School of Transborder Studies
  • Alexis McCann, Communication Chair, Chicano/Latino Faculty and Staff Association
  • Martine Garcia, CLFSA President-Elect, Chicano/Latino Faculty and Staff Association
  • Support for event: Em Gonzalez, Program Coordinator, Global Drylands Center