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Raul H. Castro Institute at Phoenix College Announces the Honorees for 2015 Arizona Latina Trailblazers

PHOENIX, Ariz. (February 12, 2015) – The Raul H. Castro Institute at Phoenix College is excited to announce the honorees for the 2015 class of Arizona Latina Trailblazers. These four women will join a cohort of civil rights pioneers, politicians, and leaders of industry as shining examples of the Latina community in Arizona at the seventh annual Arizona Latina Trailblazers celebration on Wednesday, April 29, 2015.

This year’s honorees include:

Elvira EspinozaElvira Espinoza, business leader and media pioneer – Co-founder of Unidos Magazine and CAMBIO, a bi-lingual magazine. She was the first Latina publisher of two major Spanish print publications in Maricopa County, La Voz and TV y Mas.   

Nancy GonzalesDr. Nancy A. Gonzales, Arizona State University Foundation Professor of Psychology and director of ASU Prevention Center – Esteemed clinical psychologist who is recognized nationally for her work on adolescent mental health. She is a strong advocate for research and policies that affect Latino youth.

Patricia Preciado MartinPatricia Preciado Martin, historian and award-winning writer – Author of six published books, her fiction and non-fiction work documents the history and culture of the Mexican-American community – helping to preserve the Hispanic heritage of Arizona. 

Rebecca RiosRebecca Rios, Arizona State Representative – Served as a member of Arizona State Senate, representing District 23, from 2005 to 2010. She was elected in 2014 to serve as an Arizona State Representative for District 27, making her the highest ranking Latina in the Arizona House of Representatives.

The Arizona Latina Trailblazers event, which will be held at the Phoenix Art Museum, will include the premiere of a digital collection of the women’s stories, “Arizona Latina Trailblazers: Stories of Courage, Hope and Determination, Vol. VII.” Highlighting the lives of these four outstanding women who have left their mark in our communities, this educational resource is being contributed to the Raul H. Castro Institute’s collection for the Arizona Memory Project, a series of online Arizona history resources housed on the State Library’s website. In addition, booklets and DVDs of the Trailblazers’ stories are being distributed to local public libraries.

“On behalf of Phoenix College and the Raul H. Castro Institute, we offer our warmest congratulations to the 2015 Arizona Latina Trailblazers,” said Dr. Anna Solley, president of Phoenix College. “In honor of their pioneering spirit, we commit to passing the stories of these inspirational women on to future generations with the hope that they will be inspired to forge paths that will lead to a better community and a better society for all.”

Arizona Latina Trailblazers is made possible through the generous support from its premier sponsor SRP, as well as support from Phoenix College, Univision Local MediaAPS and the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.


***High-resolution photos of honorees available upon request.***

About the Raul H. Castro Institute
Named after the first and only Mexican-American governor of Arizona, The Raul H. Castro Institute is a collaborative effort of the Office of the Governor, State of Arizona; Arizona State University’s Center for Community Development and Civil Rights; Maricopa County Community College District; and Phoenix College. A nonprofit organization, the RCI is a “do tank” focusing on issues that affect the Arizona Latino community, with emphasis on education; health and human services; leadership; and civic participation.

About Salt River Project
Salt River Project proudly supports the rich diversity of the Hispanic community and its customers with effective programs that reach underserved populations. As the largest provider of electricity and water to the greater Phoenix area, SRP is committed to supporting the community through innovative initiatives and activities.

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