Christina was born and raised in both Topeka’s Oakland neighborhood and a farm outside of Grantville. She grew up in a large family unit that stressed volunteerism, political involvement and civil rights. She graduated from Hayden High School, attended Wichita State and Washburn University majoring in History (Latin America) and Political Science. During this time, she traveled to El Salvador and conducted oral history projects on the post-civil war lives of combatants.
Christina has volunteered for decades in Topeka’s Mexican-American community including; interviews of community elders, chaired her daughter’s Fiesta Mexicana Royalty Contest, chaired publicity on the Fiesta Mexicana planning committee and expanded arts and culture for children during Fiesta. She was a member/officer of MANA de Topeka in the early 1990’s. Valdivia-Alcala has served on the Shawnee County Civil Service Board, the Advisory Board for the Center of Latin American & Caribbean Studies at the University of Kansas and the Shawnee County Historical Society.
In 2012, Valdivia-Alcala founded the Tonantzin Society, a grassroots all volunteer community organization. The Society has been responsible for numerous school and community events, and many have taken place in the NOTO Arts District. The Society preserves and educates on Chican / Indigenous / Latin art and culture with additional emphasis on social and environmental justice. She currently serves as Director.
Currently, Valdivia-Alcala is spearheading two major projects. One is the pilot program (with Kansas public school educators, KSBE, KSDE and legislators) on Culturally Relevant Pedagogy for Kansas Public Schools (7-12). The second is a 2021 month-long silk mural focusing on the role of water in Kansas. This project is in partnership with Colorado Chicano artists, the Mulvane Art Museum & Haskell University.
Christina is married, with one daughter and two grandchildren.