October 5, 2021
ASU News recently featured University of Arizona Press author Vanessa Fonseca-Chávez regarding a $10,000 Whiting Public Engagement Seed Grant she received to jump-start a community engagement project examining how Hispanic communities in northeastern Arizona understand their idea of place focusing on the towns of Concho, St. Johns and Springerville.
Fonseca-Chávez, author of Colonial Legacies in Chicana/o Literature and Culture, was recently promoted to tenure and is the associate professor of English and associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at ASU.
From the story:
“Fonseca-Chávez said that while working on the ASU Public History Collaborative grant, 20 to 35 people gathered in Concho to discuss their family’s migrations from New Mexico to Arizona. She said they were invested in righting the origins of their towns, like Concho and St. Johns. Many families, including her own, were sheepherders and moved around looking for water sources, settling eventually in northeastern Arizona. While they recognize that their families came from New Mexico, they have established their own culture and distinctions about their communities, like Concho green chili and St. Johns-style tacos.”
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