TRiO McNair Scholar Staff:
Dr. Torres García earned her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies and Social Thought from Washington State University. Currently, she is the Director of the TRiO Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program and has taught in the fields of Chicano Studies, Sociology, Women's and Gender Studies at Eastern Washington University and Chicano Studies at Yakima Valley Community College.
Her research interests and studies focus on historical, social, and political issues affecting Chicanas/Latinas in the Pacific Northwest. Her interest in illustrating the dynamic modus operandi of the intersections of systematic layers of oppression has resulted in reclaiming the voices of Chicanas and Latinas whose life stories enrich academia today. As a Chicana from Mexican farm working background and first-generation college student, Dr. Torres García's life dedication is to raise critical consciousness among students by unveiling social inequalities and empowering marginalized groups to become agents of positive change and engage them in civic responsibilities.
Apart from running the Ronald E. McNair Program, Dr. Torres García is working on a textbook manuscript for a Chicano Studies course.
Cynthia Dukich is dedicated to living the positive change she hopes to see in the world. Seeking to use her experience to inspire and support others as they gain the vision and education needed to realize their dreams, she strives to facilitate experiences for scholars that enhance academic growth as they create a rigorous, but supportive and welcoming community of scholars. She first began part-time work with Eastern's TRiO Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program fourteen years ago, and since that time has been committed to the TRiO McNair mission of providing opportunities that prepare McNair participants for success at the doctoral level. She started as the full-time Counselor/Academic Coordinator in 2004.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College in Asian Studies: Chinese Language and Culture and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Eastern Washington University in creative writing with a secondary emphasis in literary editing. A former California State Park docent, Cynthia has also worked as a proofreader, a freelance editor, a ski instructor and art teacher. Ever exploring her relationship to people, places and cultures, she has travelled to China, Egypt, Southeast Asia, Europe, and most of the National Parks of the western U.S. She lives in Cheney, Washington with her husband, son and ill-mannered Quaker parrot named Dudley Do-Right.
N'Vida earned a Master of Science degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Kansas. She also earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Paris XII (France) and a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science from the University of Kansas Medical Center. N'Vida works as part-time Chemistry faculty at Easter Washington University. Currently, she is also working part-time as MCNair Academic Advisor. N'Vida is originally from Cote-D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast). After high school, she went to Paris to attend college. Shortly after she obtained her Bachelor degree in Paris, she got married and joined her husband who was a PhD graduate student in chemistry at the University of Kansas. In 2008, she moved to Cheney, Washington, with her husband and three sons when her husband was offered an assistant professor position in chemistry at EWU. N'Vida is very pleased and enthusiastic working with Eastern's TRio Ronald E. McNair program. She likes the McNair family environment, the great support, and training that is provided to the McNair students.
George Moreno earned his B.A. at Eastern Washington University in Government with a minor in Spanish, Spring 2013. He was also a part of the Running Start Program in the state of Washington; graduating with both an Associates of Arts (Transfer Degree) and a high school diploma in 2010. George is originally from Pasco, WA but has now lived in Cheney for about 4 years. He also has a "Love/Hate" relationship with Mathematics; being a math tutor for two years at Columbia Basin College (CBC) and then being a math tutor for another two years for EWU. At some point he was also very active in Math Team competitions for which he took a first place "For The Team" and "Individual Sections" in 2008.
Some of his favorite hobbies include hiking, hunting, and road trips; he also does play video games on occasion. In the summer, George visits his parents and grandparents in Mexico, it is the only time he gets to have "quality family time".
George is currently the McNair Graduate Assistant and is helping the current scholars with their graduate school applications process, the completion of funding opportunities and the implementation of Department of Education regulations and policies.
In 2012, He was the Graduate Assistant for the Office of Global Initiatives.. Currently he is enrolled in the Masters in Public Administration (MPA) program at Eastern Washington University. George will be applying to law schools but is considering dual or joint programs of JD/PhD.
Caitlin Shain earned her Bachelor in Arts at Eastern Washington University in Government with a minor in History. She graduated Magna cum laude and Ad majorem in 2011 and is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, National Political Science Honor Society. She was born and raised in Ventura, California and moved to Washington to attend school. Caitlin has presented at symposiums on topics ranging from political theory to international environmental law and policies. Her research interests are American architectural history, genealogy and European heritage studies. She also enjoys antiquing, photography, traveling, animals, stand up paddleboarding and hiking with her dog named Lucky. Caitlin works with the Spokane Historic Landmarks Commission for Spokane historic preservation. She is currently working on four different Spokane Historical application tours, including the Spokane Fire Department original fire stations and the Spokane Elks Club.
Caitlin is currently the STEM Graduate Assistant and is helping current scholars find research internships and assist with the graduation application process. She is currently enrolled in the Masters of Arts in History at Eastern Washington University. Caitlin will be applying to PhD programs this coming year in Public Policy. She is excited to be a part of the McNair Scholar Program that assists students to enter into PhD Programs.
Gilberto Lopez is currently a student at Eastern Washington University and is studying towards earning a degree in Computer Science Foundation Option. His goal is to work for a large corporation after graduation and hopefully help out his family.
Lopez was born in Othello, Washington and was raise in a small town called Mattawa. He is the second oldest in his family out of 9.
As a Web developer/Tech for the TRiO McNair Scholar Program, Gilberto update/designs the website as well as the Canvas modules.
Jereny Mendoza is currently a student at Eastern Washington University and is working towards her Bachelor of Arts in Government and a second Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies: Political Philosophy. She is the Public Relations and Web Developer for the TRiO Ronald E. McNair program and a Research Assistant for the department of Public Policy and Economic Analysis. Mendoza has presented her research project at the Eastern Washington University 2nd Annual Strategic Plan Conference and recently at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research at the University of Kentucky. She has recently been accepted for the Ronald E. McNair Scholar Summer Internship this year.
Mendoza was born and raised in Tri-Cities, Washington. She proudly graduated from River's Edge High School with "The Student of Year Award" and 5 scholarships. Jereny is the youngest of three siblings and the first in her family to attend college. She is also an Eastern Advantage Scholar and an active member of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Inc. Her plan is to obtain her JD/PhD to become a professor and practice law to help her community.
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