HSI/International: Mexican Students @ UA Webinar Series

Co-sponsored by the Office of Instruction and Assessment, Mexico Initiatives, and Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Initiatives, the HSI/International: Mexican Students @ UA Webinar Series, was a series of panels from October 26 - October 30, 2020 geared toward engaging UA instructors, advisors, and everyone teaching and supporting Mexican international students in classrooms or individually. The panels will feature voices from Mexican students, UA faculty and staff, and representatives of our Mexican partner institutions who will share valuable information about both higher education systems, varying roles of instructors and students, and pedagogical perspectives on intercultural learning.

Learn More: 

Strategies for Instructors and Advisors.pdf

HSI International Mexican Students at UA Webinar Series Calendar of Events.pdf

HSI International Webinar Series - Bios.pdf

Lessons and Experiences from Navigating the U.S. Higher Education

In this webinar we will learn about the support and first experiences Mexican students encounter when coming to the UA. We will explore cultural differences in building professional and learning relationships and outline strategies for instructors and advisors to help students build pathways for success. Opening remarks by Dr. Marla Franco, Assistant Vice Provost, Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Initiatives, and Consul Rafael Barceló Durazo, Consulate of México in Tucson.


  • Yamilett Martinez Briseño, Ph.D., General Director, Office of Outreach & International Collaborations, Executive Office, Sonora State Government (UA Alumna)
  • Justin Dutram, M.Ed., Assistant Vice President, Mexico & Latin American Initiatives, UA Global
  • Ivan Gaxiola Camacho, UA PhD Candidate, Arid Lands Resource Sciences (ALRS) Department
  • Romy Ceron Canche, UA Doctoral Student Spanish Department

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Lessons and Experiences From Navigating the U.S. Higher Education.pdf

Intercultural Communication and Learning in the Classroom

In this webinar panelists will talk about student experiences in the culturally & linguistically diverse classrooms in the Borderlands. We will address effective intercultural communication strategies for instructors and students to engage effectively in teaching and learning at intercultural intersections. Introductory remarks by Dr. Lisa Elfring, Associate Vice Provost, Office of Instruction and Assessment.


  • Robert Côté, Ph.D., Interim Director, Center for English as a Second Language (CESL)
  • Alma Tejeda Padron, UA International Student Advisory Council (ISAC), UA Doctoral Student, Department of Psychology
  • Sandra Bernal, Ph.D., Lecturer at School of Architecture (CAPLA) & Lecturer at Religious Studies and Classics, College of Humanities, Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Fellow 2020-2021

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Intercultural Communication and Learning in the Classroom.pdf

Mexican Wildcats and the Sense of Belonging

We know from the scholarship that a sense of belonging and the development of a scientific and academic identity are key factors in student learning experiences. Our final webinar addresses the question of belonging for Mexican students at the UA, explores how students navigate identities and places, and identifies strategies for instructors to promote students’ developing sense of belonging in their courses and on campus. Closing remarks by Dr. Judy Marquez Kiyama, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development.


  • Marla Franco, Ph.D., Assistant Vice Provost, Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Initiatives, Faculty Affiliate, Center for the Study of Higher Education
  • Ricky Hernandez, Assistant Vice President, University Alumni & Development Program (UADP) Financial Operations, Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI)
    Fellow 2018 - 2019
  • Lucía Cárdenas, M.S., University of Arizona Alumna
  • Paola Espinoza Martínez, MBA, University of Arizona Alumna

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Mexican Wildcats and the Sense of Belonging.pdf