TRiO McNair Scholar Staff:
Dr. Torres García earned her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies and Social Thought from Washington State University. She directs the TRIO Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program and has taught in the fields of Race and Culture, Chicano Studies, Education, Sociology, at Eastern Washington University. Dr. Torres Garcia currently serves, and has for the past six years, as the WSTA Public Relations and Networking Committee chair and become the 2016-2017 President of the Washington State TRIO Association, which is a catalyst in Washington State for progressive initiatives that promote educational equity, access, and opportunity for traditionally marginalized student populations.
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.
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.
A graduate of Eastern Washington University's Master of Rhetoric and Technical Communication program, Carlos is a technical enthusiast (communicating and writing with technology). He has taught English Composition and Technical Writing courses at Eastern Washington University and Spokane Community College. Carlos also advises and works with first-generation and low-income students who seek to obtain doctoral degrees. He specializes in professional communication (graduate school applications, personal statements, and resumes).
Suzanna Altsuler is the current McNair Graduate Assistant in STEM. She is currently enrolled in the Education Specialist program, working toward her Master's degree in School Psychology. Suzanna has a passion for education that she hopes to incorporate in her daily routine as a student and in other aspects of her life.
With a Bachelors in Elementary Education and an emphasis on Mathematics, Suzanna previously taught middle school in Idaho, where she was born and raised. She hopes to continue her work in education either in Washington or Idaho, staying fairly close to home. No matter where the journey leads, she continues to set new goals and take the necessary steps to complete them, viewing herself as a lifelong learner.
In addition to her career aspirations, Suzanna is also a dedicated wife and mother. She loves to spend time with her family and friends. She is always looking for opportunities to experience new places, cultures, and opportunities for a clearer understanding of the world.
Lexi is a Ronald E. McNair Graduate Assistant and is currently enrolled in the Education Specialist Degree program in School Psychology. She is interested in education and in assisting students in their needs for growth and achievement.
Lexi earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Gonzaga University in 2015 and then spent one year as an AmeriCorps member for Gonzaga's Mentoring program. As a College Access Core Coordinator for this program, she spent time helping elementary school students learn about college and build positive relationships with college students. In addition to these interests, she also loves to dance, travel, and watching great Netflix shows.
Arali Alvarado is currently in her senior year majoring in business administration with a concentration in human resources. She is involved in M.E.Ch.A as well as the Eastern Women's Rugby team. In her spare time, she volunteers at various organizations around campus and is always looking to lend a hand at events or community gatherings. After graduation, she plans to work at the international level of business in order to pursue her passion of traveling the world.
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