National Hispanic Science Network

21st Annual NHSN Conference
September 22-24, 2021

The National Hispanic Science Network’s Twenty-First Annual Conference is now accepting Abstracts. Visit the Conference page for details and submission form. Registration details TBA at a later date.

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A Call

I write this as one of the editors of El Faro. I recognize I have the privilege to have this space as a person in academia, as a lighter skinned Latinx, as a cisgender, as a U.S Citizen and many other privileges that I hold (but really don’t) because in reality my privileges increase or decrease based on the context and settings I move and live in. I wish I could say those beautiful words are mine but those are the words of Dr. Hector Y. Adames that have since then resonated with me.

The murders of too many Black and Afro-Latinx people by the police and other white supremacists is a wakeup call for many, however, this is not a wake-up call for Black people, this is their reality every day. I know my Black scholars and friends are frustrated and angered by people’s recent “wakefulness,” and rightfully so. As a Latina I am here to amplify the Black voices that have been silenced and ignored for far too long.

I call on my Latinx community to self-reflect on how the Latinx culture has deeply rooted us to teach us that lighter skin is
better, that to “mejorar la raza” (“better the race” ) is to marry white and lighter skinned people, that Black people are
dangerous, and so many other anti-Blackness.

I say this because within my own family I have heard all of the anti-Blackness and continue to hear it to this day. I call on my Latinx community to self-reflect on how we have ignored our Afro-Latinx people for far too long. I say this because I was not raised and educated on my Afro-Latinx brothers and sisters.

I call on my Latinx community to self-educate on the Anti-Blackness your country of origin has. I say this because I did not begin to learn my Black-Mexican history until 5 years ago and continue to work hard to learn about the Blackness in Mexico. I say this because I learned that Vicenete Guerrero, the 2nd president of Mexico, was Afro-Mexican and who formally abolished slavery on September 16, 1829. I say this because I did not know that José María Morelos y Pavón, a rebel leader who led the Mexican War of Independence movement was also Afro-Mexican and on the Mexican 50 peso (but whitened on the 50 peso). I say this because I did not know Gaspar Yanga, escaped from slavery and fought for slaves to be free in Mexico. I say this because I did not know that in 1617 Yanga, Mexico became the first free town from  slavery in the americas (in 1932 the town was officially named Yanga).

History has erased the Blackness in our own culture and literally whitened important Black historical portraits of leaders. It is up to us to learn our Black roots and unlearn Anti-Blackness so we learn from our history and to ensure we do not continue to perpetuate Anti-Blackness.

Sincerely your non-apologetic scholar,
Rubi Gonzales, M.A



Dr. Manuel Cano, University of Texas San Antonio published in Substance Use & Misuse Journal

Drug Overdose Deaths Among US Hispanics Trends 2000-2017 and Recent Patterns by Dr. Manual Cano has been published with Taylor & Francis Online Substance Use and MIsuse Journal. The study explored demographic and drug patterns in overdose deaths among US Hispanics from 2000-2017.  Read the entire publication here.

Early Career Leadership Committee of the National Hispanic Science Network share an open letter to all NHSN members and friends in solidarity to Black, Caribbean, and Afro-Latinx communities.

In the wake of the murder of George Floyd in May 2020, ECLC has written a heartfelt letter in solidary to the Black, Carribbean, and Afro-Latinx communities.  We invite you to read the letter and take a moment to reflect with us.

   ECLC Letter to NHSN Members and Friends

Academia de Ciencias de America Latina (ACAL)

Dr. Patricia Molina has been named Corresponding Member of the Institution, Academy of Sciences of Latin America (Academia de Ciencias de America Latina).  Congratulations!

Dr. Judy Arroyo Receives 1st Annual Dora Goldstein Diversity in the Sciences Award

At the 2019 RSA Scientific Meeting in Minneapolis Dr. Judy Arroyo was awarded with the 1st Annual Dora Goldstein Diversity in the Sciences Award.  This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated excellence and creativity in alcohol research, and a commitment to diversity and mentoring throughout his or her career.

Dr. Arroyo has been an important part of the NHSN family and we are proud of her accomplishments.  Congratulations Dr. Arroyo on this amazing achievement!

Drs. Avelardo Valdez and Alice Cepeda receive Research Project Grant from NIMHD

Dr. Avelardo Valdez and Dr. Alice Cepeda have received a Notice of Award for a Research Project Grant (R01) from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD).   Their study, “Disparities in Health among Floating Immigrant Populations” is a 5-year, $3 million research project that will be conducted in Los Angeles and Mexico City.   The study’s objective is to identify mechanisms by which immigration processes expose “floating populations” (those who move back and forth between the U.S. and Mexico either voluntarily or forced) to distinct environments, increases their susceptibility to risk behaviors and contributes to mental and physical health disparities.  This international study will be conducted in collaboration with the University of Southern California (USC), the Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatría Ramon de la Fuente Muñiz (INPRFM), and the Centro para la Prevención y Atención Integral del VIH/SIDA de la CDMX (Clínica Condesa).

Developing scientists in Hispanic substance use and health disparities research through the creation of a national mentoring network

Angela Bazzi, Cristina Mogro-Wilson, Nalini Junko Negi, Jennifer Reingle Gonzalez, Miguel Angel Cano, Yessenia Castro & Alice Cepeda 

@500WomenSci has just launched its Fellowship for the Future!

This fellowship provides $5,000 for the applicant and $1,000/year for a maximum of two years for the project itself. 

"The Fellowship for the Future is a two-year leadership program for women of color in STEM leading research or outreach projects in line with the 500 Women Scientists mission and focused on increasing equity, inclusion, accessibility, or social justice in STEM. During their fellowship, fellows will carry out a project with financial and logistical support from the 500 Women Scientists leadership team. Our hope is that by providing these extra resources and community connections, we can help expand the scope and impact of amazing work led by women of color in STEM"

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