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.
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.
Caitlyn is the current TRiO Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program Graduate Assistant and is excited to be working with the scholars as they prepare for graduate studies. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts program for Creative at Eastern Washington University with an emphasis in Poetry.
Caitlyn Finger earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Upper Iowa University where she graduated cum laude in 2012. She grew up in Dubuque, Iowa and moved to Washington to attend Eastern Washington University's MFA program. As an undergraduate Caitlyn was a writing consultant and it was there that she discovered a passion for teaching. Caitlyn did research on communities of practices and peer-to-peer support groups and presented her research at various state and national symposiums on writing centers and peer tutoring. Her experience with one-on-one support and a community of learners is something she hopes to instill in those she encounters, to learn with each other as well as from each other.
When Caitlyn isn't reading or writing, she enjoys all things crafty. She enjoys long car rides, Classic Musicals, and spending time with her family.
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.
Chelan Rogers is working as a Graduate Assistant at the McNair Program. She is currently working on her master's degree in Biology here at Eastern. Her thesis is about the ecology of water fleas. Until recently, she was employed at the EWU Writer's Center, and is looking forward to bringing the experience she gained there to the McNair Program.
Chelan graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Utah State University. While there, she worked as an undergraduate researcher studying ladybird beetles and biocontrol of invasive weeds using insects. She's also done research on the effects of grazing on bee habitat for the USDA. She's originally from Elko, Nevada.
Chelan lives in Cheney, and loves taking long walks and hikes, watching a good movie, and expanding her culinary skills.
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