Past Events

Below are notable examples of past events and class activities hosted by the School of Transborder Studies.

Immigrant Workers and the U.S. Labor Market 

This panel, co-sponsored by the Center for the United States and Mexico at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy, will focus on immigrant workers and the shifting U.S. labor market in the next decade. Guest panelists include Irasema Coronado, Director & Professor, School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University, Tony Payan, Ph.D., Director, Center for the United States and Mexico Center at Rice University’s Baker Institute, Dr. Rafael A. Martínez, Assistant Professor in Southwest Borderlands at the College of Integrative Science & Arts, Dulce Juarez, Community Activist, and Jose Patino, Vice President of Education + External Affairs at Aliento.

Drawing Deportation: Art and Resistance Among Immigrant Children

Based on ten years of work with immigrant children as young as six years old in Arizona and California― and featuring an analysis of three hundred drawings, theater performances and family interviews―Silvia Rodriguez Vega provides accounts of children’s challenges with deportation and family separation during the Obama and Trump administrations. While much of the literature on immigrant children depicts them as passive, when viewed through this lens they appear as agents of their own stories. Silvia Rodriguez Vega presents her new book "Drawing Deportation: Art and Resistance Among Immigrant Children".

ASU Open Door 2023

Once a year ASU opens their doors and invites the community inside for the Open Door events on each campus. This is an opportunity to explore laboratories and innovative learning spaces, speak directly with faculty, staff and students and learn what makes the ASU Tempe campus such a special place. At the School of Transborder Studies we held a Monarch Butterfly Photo Booth, a Selena-themed Loteria and Mariachi Chapala, the "best mariachi in the valley."

Nogales Field Trip 

This one-day field trip to Nogales, Sonora and Nogales, Arizona (Ambos Nogales) was part of the course titled LIA 194 Discover Seminar: Reimagining Borders: U.S.-Mexico and Beyond. This trip, ran by Director Irasema Coronado and Professor Francisco Lara-Valencia, gave students the opportunity to apply course concepts beyond the classroom, meet with local officials in Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora, tour the downtown areas of both cities, as well as briefly stop in San Xavier del Bac Mission on the Tohono O'odham Nation and Tubac, Arizona.