LatinX Staff & Faculty Association

Building Community & Belonging Among LatinX Faculty & Staff

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Our strength is fueled by the rich cultural tapestry made up of every member of our campus.

The mission of the Latinx Faculty & Staff Association at the University of Arizona is to build community among the Latinx faculty, staff and other interested professionals, by empowering employees regardless of discipline or rank. Through voice, support, and service – we will foster an inclusive workplace in the spirit of culture and the advancement of personal and professional growth.

We are a community comprised of and for all Latinx faculty and staff. We welcome guests and families to our open functions and programs.

Our Association was established in 2021 and charged with building a sense of community and belonging through the empowerment of the Latinx identity, values and goals.

Through servingness, strategically leveraging campus resources, and finding joy – we can expand the potential of our faculty and staff.

Connection: Fostering relationships, support, network and servingness

Community: Sense of belonging and empowerment

Culture: Representation, recognition, and shared values


Nadia Alvarez Mexia, PhD, Assistant Professor of Practice, Franke Honors College & Director of Transborder Education Initiatives, College of Education,

Aaron Davis, Associate Director, Blue Chip Leadership Experience, Student Engagement & Career Development,

Past Co-Chairs

Lysette Davi, PhD, Assistant Director, Honors Global Experience, Study Abroad and W.A. Franke Honors College,

Ashlee Linares-Gaffer, MS, RDN, FAND, Associate Professor of Practice & Director, Student Success, Retention and Equity, School of Nutritional Sciences and Wellness,

Awards Co-Chairs

Mariana Martinez, MLS, Human Resources Generalist III, HR Client Services,

Serena Valle, Senior Academic Advisor I, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences,

Past Awards Co-Chairs

Karla Cruze-Silva, PhD, Associate Director, Hispanic Serving Institution Initiatives, Office of the President,

Aaron Davis, Associate Director, Blue Chip Leadership Experience, Student Engagement & Career Development,


The Latinx Faculty & Staff Association is proud to honor the work and dedication of the many Latinx faculty & staff across the University of Arizona campus. Awards are presented at the LFSA annual Familia Picnic and Awards Ceremony during the spring semester. 

Award Winners 

Spring 2024 Events

February 15, 2024- Casita: Writing Skills Improvement Program
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
WISP Building Chavez Building, Room 106 and Online (zoom link to be posted soon)
Hosted by Writing Skills Improvement Program

February 21, 2024- Affinity Mixer
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
UA BookStore Event space on the first floor (bottom floor)

March 21, 2024- Social & Academic Event
3:00 pm - 5:00pm
College of Education, North Patio 
Hosted by Borderlands Education Center (BEC) and LFSA

April 28, 2024- Casita: Dia de la Niñez Volunteer Activity 
Time and Place TBD
Hosted by Nepantla Student Association (NSA)

May- LFSA Awards Ceremony and Celebration
Date, time, and place TBD
Hosted by the Awards Committee of LFSA

We're Committed To Inclusion

At the University of Arizona, we embed the principles of diversity and equity into Every Wildcat, Every Day – practicing both inclusion and compassion in every interaction from every office, division, and college. We believe in tackling the greatest global challenges of today and tomorrow through action-oriented, community-based inclusive excellence.