Origins of SPOH

In 2017, twelve SMCC students embarked on a class project to research and reclaim the history of South Phoenix. They launched a local oral history project, reaching out to business leaders and educators in the community to ask questions about local history, and to determine the significance of South Mountain Community College. What they found was a true need for more research.

They laid these foundations for our growing project:

  • Institutional research policies and consent for student-run research projects
  • A process for recruiting potential narrators/participants
  • A plan for academic research, scholarship, and presentation
  • An outline for training and preparing student-researchers
  • Goals for archives and publication

Student Founders:
Jose Escobar; Rubaya Habib; Benjamin Hackett Sr.; Alma Holguin-Flores; Juan Luna; Phillip Martinez Jr.; Moses Monclova; Jovanna Moran; Michael Reid; Jose Reyes; Nephtali Ruiz; Lorena Vazquez