Origins: Celebrating 40 Years of South Mountain Community College

Celebrating 40 Years of South Mountain Community College

Save the date! The South Phoenix Oral History Project will premiere the long-waited South Mountain Community College history documentary.

Join us in the journey with SMCC students, professors and community members as they take you back to the origins of the college, and how SMCC was created in South Phoenix.

About Origins: Celebrating 40 Years of South Mountain Community College

South Phoenix Oral History Project is a student-founded, student-led initiative to capture and preserve the untold stories of innovation, education, and equity in South Phoenix, Arizona.

It is a collaboration of The Storytelling Institute and the History Department at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Arizona.

South Phoenix is a sacred and relevant place with little academic attention afforded to its history. Very few academic or popular records exist detailing the history of South Phoenix, its role in the evolution of the largest metropolis in the Southwest outside of California, or its traditionally underserved population of Black, Hispanic, Native American, and Asian residents. Our students and this project seek to right this wrong.


The documentary premiere will be followed by a Founders Panel to share the experience of documenting the story.

During the virtual premiere, the South Phoenix Oral History Project and SMCC will be hosting a silent auction to fundraise to help continue fund future projects.

RSVP for the event to get the latest news and updates on the virtual premiere.