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CHAC participates in Coconino County 2022 Cultural ‘Diversity Day’

The Coconino Hispanic Advisory Council took part in Coconino County’s Cultural “Diversity Day” held on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at the Coconino County Superior Courthouse Lawn. CHAC members participating included Dani Donaldson of Northern Arizona University, Frank X. Moraga of and Esteban Villarreal of Coconino County.

A variety of other organizations and county departments participated in the annual event including the African Diaspora Advisory Council and the Indigenous Peoples Council.

The event was part of Coconino County Diversity Week: June 20 through June 24, 2022.


Photos by Frank X. Moraga/; Richard and Ruth Eaton; and Esteban Villarreal.

Click on image above to see a slideshow of more photos at

FLAGSTAFF — The Coconino County Hispanic Advisory Council (CHAC) held its inagural drop-off Community Food Drive as a socially distant alternative to its annual César E. Chávez celebration from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 27 at the Market of Dreams / Mercado de los Sueños,, 2532 E. 7th Ave., at the corner of 4th and 7th streets, Flagstaff. 

Nearly 500 pounds of food were collected, along with nearly $500 in cash donations.

All donations went to the Flagstaff Family Food Center for distribution to the community.

Thank you to former Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans for conducting Facebook Live interviews to spread the word about the event, and to supporting partners The Market of Dreams / Mercado de los Sueños and Radio Sunnyside KSZN-LP 101.5 FM.

The event was promoted in the Arizona Daily Sun and KAFF Country 92.9 FM

CHAC members braved gusty winds and chilly temperatures to set up the donation boxes just outside the Market of Dreams / Mercado de los Sueños.

Community members were invited drop off such donations as:

Peanut Butter, canned vegetables, tuna and other canned protein, pasta, cereal and canned fruit. 

Thank you very much for supporting the community. Your help is very much appreciated.


John Haro, Chair

Coconino County Hispanic Advisory Council

About CHAC: The Coconino County Hispanic Advisory Council was established in 2001 with thepurpose of advising the County Board of Supervisors on issues and concerns that affect the Hispanic community in Coconino County. In addition to serving as an advisory group to the county supervisors,the council has identified the following five major areas of focus:

  • To conduct forums on issues and concerns of the Hispanic community
  • To promote awareness of the need for diversity in employment, training and economicdevelopment
  • To assist Coconino County in recruiting and retaining Hispanic employees
  • To promote Hispanic culture, arts, historic activities and events
  • To examine and make policy recommendations in the areas of education, housing, land use, health, social services, recreation and criminal justice issues.

Prior to the pandemic, CHAC members presented such activities as the annual César E. Chávez Community Recognition Breakfast at American Legion Post 3; and took part in such events as the annual Armed Forces Day Parade, the Cinco de Mayo dinner/dance at the American Legion Post 3 and the 4th of July Parade. Members look forward to taking part in such events in 2022.


The Coconino Hispanic Advisory Council (CHAC) can now be found on Instagram


Initial postings include:

A Mi Gente Mondays profile on Delia Munoz, winner of the 2020 Al Merito Award, which was established in 1973 to to recognize individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions and serve as role models for preserving Arizona’s rich history. Visit our Instagram site for more information.

A Mi Gente Mondays profile on J Michael Cruz, a member of the Coconino Hispanic Advisory Council (CHAC). Michael is an applied sociologist who currently works as the Director of Operations for Native Americans for Community Action- a local nonprofit providing medical and behavioral health care and social support services for any member of the local community in need. He is a third-generation Mexican American from Texas, having moved to Flagstaff in late 2018. Visit our Instagram site for more information.

An update on the Sept. 30, 2020 deadline to complete the U.S. Completing the 2020 Census has an impact on our community. The U.S. Census Bureau is committed and legally responsible to keep the information provided by the public private and secure. You can complete the census online at

More news and information to come so keep checking our Instagram at


CHAC presents public meetings first Wednesday of every month*


FLAGSTAFF — The Coconino County Hispanic Advisory Council (CHAC) holds public meetings at 5:30 p.m. the first Wednesday* of every month normally at the Coconino County Administration Building, 219 E. Cherry Ave., Flagstaff, Arizona.

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, CHAC meetings will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams. Call 928-679-7135, send an email to Susie Garretson at or visit for more information.

*Meetings are subject to change due to holidays, annual board retreat in January**. Notification of changes will be announced 24 hours before the meeting. Contact Susie Garretson at or 928-679-7135 for the next meeting date.

Download agendas, minutes HERE

CHAC serves as an official liaison and communications link between the Hispanic community and the Coconino County Board of Supervisors, so please bring any concerns you may have about equal education opportunities, fair employment, juvenile justice, political representation and other issues.

CHAC is a supporter of the Ballet Folklórico de Colores — Flagstaff, Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces, the Hispanic Convocation at Northern Arizona University, the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association of Flagstaff and other organizations.

** In lieu of a meeting, CHAC will hold a planning retreat in January


 — El Consejo Asesor Hispano del Condado de Coconino (CHAC) celebra reuniones públicas a las 5:30 pm el primer miércoles de cada mes normalmente en el Edificio de Administración del Condado de Coconino, Junta de Supervisores Cámaras, 219 E. Cherry Ave., Flagstaff.

Durante la pandemia de COVID-19, las reuniones de CHAC se llevarán a cabo virtualmente a través de Microsoft Teams. Llame al 928-679-7135 o envíe un correo electrónico a Susie Garretson at o visite para más información.

* * Las reuniones están sujetas a cambios debido a días festivos, retiro anual de la junta en enero **.  Notificación de cambios se darán a conocer 24 hours antes de la reunión. Llame al 928-679-7135 o envíe un correo electrónico a Susie Garretson at para la próxima fecha de reunión.

CHAC sirve como enlace oficial y nexos de comunicación entre la comunidad hispana y la Junta de Supervisores del Condado de Coconino, así que por favor traiga cualquier preocupación que pueda tener acerca de la igualdad de oportunidades de educación, empleo justo, la justicia de menores, la representación política y otros temas.

CHAC es un partidario del Ballet Folklórico de Colores – Flagstaff, Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces, la Convocación Hispana en la Universidad del Norte de Arizona, la Asociación de Vecinos de Sunnyside de Flagstaff y otras organizaciones.

** En lugar de una reunión, CHAC llevará a cabo un retiro de planificación en enero.