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Arizona Latina Trailblazers

Arizona Latina Trailblazers

The Phoenix College Raul H. Castro Institute is proud in the preservation of stories that have helped shape the modern history of Arizona: Arizona Latina Trailblazers — Stories of Hope, Courage and Determination. These oral histories seek to capture the life stories of extraordinary Latinas who made significant contributions to the community, strongly imprinting their presence onto the fabric of our history through their courageous efforts. That DVD along with a booklet chronicling their achievements was shared with the State Library as part of the Arizona Memory Project - Arizona Latina Trailblazers Collection.

GIVE to the Raul H Castro Institute Arizona Latina Trailblazer Scholarship

GIVE ONLINE to the RCI Arizona Latina Trailblazer Scholarship at Phoenix College. Your generous gift may help to fund a new generation of trailblazers. To donate, visit the Maricopa Community College Foundation website and choose the “RCI Arizona Latina Trailblazer Scholarship” from the dropdown. Enter the amount of your contribution, such as $500, 1,000 or $2,500. You may also pay by check.
For more information, download the RCI Arizona Latina Trailblazer Scholarship donation form or contact Trino Sandoval at 602.285.7524. Thank you for your contribution.

ARRIVING SUMMER 2014

This summer we will release a follow-up to the booklet that we couldn’t share with you today. You will be able to read the complete story of each of the Arizona Latina Trailblazers, and follow the lives of these extraordinary latinas through their continuing chronicle.

Honoring Trailblazers 2014

The Phoenix College Raul H. Castro Institute and the premier sponsor SRP present the 6th annual Arizona Latina Trailblazers reception featuring the life stories of Trailblazing Latinas.

Arizona Latina Trailblazers

Stories of Courage, Hope and Determination

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

5:30 pm - 8 pm
Phoenix Art Museum — Great Hall
1625 N Central Ave. Phoenix AZ
Live music - Appetizers - No-host bar

Please RSVP for this event here 

Arizona Latina Trailblazers 2009

Trinidad Escalante Swilling

Trinidad Escalante Swilling
Mother of Phoenix

Luisa Ronstadt Espinel

Luisa Ronstadt Espinel
Music ambassador to the world

Romana Acosta Bañuelos

Romana Acosta Bañuelos 
U.S. treasurer

Graciela Gil Olivarez

Graciela Gil Olivarez 
Government official, attorney, activist

Francisca Montoya

Francisca Montoya 
Farm labor union organizer

Dr. Christine Marín

Dr. Christine Marín  
Archivist/Historian



Arizona Latina Trailblazers 2010

Julia Cecilia Cuesta Soto Zozaya

Julia Cecilia Cuesta Soto Zozaya
My adversity is my strength

Plácida Elvira García Smith

Plácida Elvira García Smith
A good American name. A good Mexican name.

Dora Ocampo Quesada

Dora Ocampo Quesada 
Keepers of the flame of education

Alicia Ocampo Quesada

Alicia Ocampo Quesada 
Keepers of the flame of education


Anna Marie Ochoa O’Leary

Dr. Anna Marie Ochoa O’Leary 
Labor leader and scholar 

Carmela Ramírez

Carmela Ramírez 
Producer, actor, vocalist, and arts advocate

Barbara Rodríguez Mundell

Barbara Rodríguez Mundell  
Presiding judge, Maricopa county superior court system


Arizona Latina Trailblazers 2011

Carmen Cajero

Carmen Cajero
Legislator mine Clifton-Morenci heritage

Olivia Cajero Bedford

Olivia Cajero Bedford
Legislator mine Clifton-Morenci heritage

Cecilia D. Esquer

Cecilia D. Esquer
Chicana activist lived an extraordinary life

Manuela Sánchez Sotelo

Manuela Sánchez Sotelo
Nurture Tempe and Salt River Valley's Pioneers

María Sotelo Miller

María Sotelo Miller
Nurture Tempe and Salt River Valley's Pioneers 

Mary Rose Wilcox

Mary Rose Wilcox
Mining town values produce gem of a politician


 

Arizona Latina Trailblazers 2012

Amanda Aguirre

Amanda Aguirre
Protecting the vulnerable, seeking equality

Anna María Chávez

Anna María Chávez
Motivating youth, leading the way

Elizabeth “Liz” Archuleta

Elizabeth “Liz” Archuleta
Providing a voice, serving the public

Teresa “Terri” Cruz

Teresa “Terri” Cruz
Caring for community, fighting for fairness

Arizona Latina Trailblazers 2013

Angela “Angie” Ruiz Tewksbury

Angela “Angie” Ruiz Tewksbury
A vision for her community

Anna Tovar

Anna Tovar
Inspiring others through courage

Guadalupe Verdugo Huerta

Guadalupe Verdugo Huerta
A voice for those in need

Narcisa Monreal Espinoza

Narcisa Monreal Espinoza
Civil rights pioneer