José Méndez is currently a junior at EWU and is double majoring in Criminal Justice and Sociology with a minor in Psychology. Mr. Méndez is a first generation college student who recently graduated from Yakima Valley Community College (YVCC) with an Associate's of Arts Degree, in March of 2011 (with Honors) respectively. Since coming to EWU he has held a cumulative GPA of 3.80 in his field of study. He was also accepted to the prestigious TRiO Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program during winter quarter of 2012 and has conducted research during the summer of 2012 and through the 2012-2013 academic school year.
Mr. Méndez is 28 years old, and is from Sunnyside, WA, which is located in the Lower Valley of Yakima. He is the father of two children, Destiny Emily Méndez (6), and Jordan David Méndez (3). He was born in August of 1984 and graduated from Sunnyside High School (SHS) in June of 2002. Upon graduating from SHS, Mr. Méndez was awarded two scholarships for academic achievements and attended YVCC for the 2002-2003 academic years. After successfully finishing his first year at YVCC Mr. Méndez entered the workforce for several years, working in a variety of fields and short thereafter was hired by Grandview School District in Grandview, WA. Realizing what he wanted to do to help those in his community, Méndez returned to college to make that dream a reality. Upon returning to YVCC to finish his Associates Degree, he was awarded two additional scholarships for academic achievement.
Mr. Méndez plans on moving forward in his academic career using the knowledge and tools obtained through the McNair program to ensure his goal of obtaining a doctoral degree in the field of Sociology. Mr. Méndez hopes to one day work as a Juvenile Justice Administrator while teaching at the university level. As a starting point to his career choice, Mr. Méndez was hired as the universities Associate Justice for the ASEWU Legislative Branch in May of 2012.
Mr. Méndez was has been awarded numerous scholarships for academic excellence throughout his academic career here at EWU totaling $23,250 not including conference travel awards and outside scholarships.
Dr. Kerryn Bell, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, EWU
2012 TRiO McNair Research Internship- Juvenile Delinquency: A Macro Perspective
Mendez, Jose (Karen Bell), Department of Sociology and Justice Studies, Eastern Washington University, Washington
This research looks at macro-level correlations between violence and delinquency among juveniles. Studies show a correlation between economic inequalities, mis-labeling by law enforcement, and social exclusions of communities that cause adolescences to become juvenile delinquents. Specifically, this research examines the effects of gang/peer pressure, school administration, the community, and injustices of the criminal justice system on adolescent behavior using qualitative in-depth interviews. Further, this study will research the connection between conflict, learning, and labeling theories thus establishing a hybrid theory focused on explaining macro-level factors of juvenile delinquency and how adolescent behavior pertains to each theory.
The 16th Annual EWU Student Research and Creative Works Symposium, Juvenile Delinquency: A Macro Perspective, Cheney, Washington, May 14-15, 2013
The Pacific Sociological Association, Juvenile Delinquency: A Macro Perspective, Reno, Nevada, March 21-24, 2013
Carper's Foundation Scholarship, 2013
Trustees' Scholarship, 2013
General University: EWUF Campaign Scholarship, 2012
Carper's Foundation Scholarship, 2012
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