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.
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.
Christina Wiese earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Whitworth University in 2011 and is a current graduate student at Eastern Washington University, studying to earn an Educational Specialist degree in school psychology. Her hope is to work with children with learning disabilities, behavioral problems, and social and emotional difficulties in rural or low income school settings.
As the graduate assistant for the TRiO McNair Scholar Program, Christina assists McNair participants in successfully securing admission and financial assistance in graduate 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 an Information Tech Specialist 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's of Science in Biology with Pre-Medicine option. She hopes to become a Physician to provide health services to low-income communities as well as underdeveloped countries.
Mendoza was born and raised in Tri-Cities, Washington. She 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.
As a Web Developer for the TRiO McNair Scholar Program, Jereny designs and updates the McNair homepage. She is very excited to be working in the McNair Program, and hopes to become a McNair Scholar in the future.
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