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TRiO McNair Scholar Staff:
  • Christina Torres García, PhD
    Christina Torres García, PhD
    Director, Ronald E. McNair Scholar Program
    107 Monroe
    Phone: 509.359.2471
    Fax: 509.359.2420

    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, MFA
    Cynthia Dukich, MFA
    Assistant Director
    107 Monroe
    Phone: 509.359.6523
    Fax: 509.359.2420

    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.

  • Carlos Muñoz
    Carlos Muñoz
    Academic Advisor
    107 Monroe Hall
    Phone: 509.359.2419
    Fax: 509.359.2420

    Carlos Muñoz earned his master's degree in Rhetoric and Technical Communication from Eastern Washington University. Carlos is currently working with the TRiO Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program and the Writer's Center at Eastern Washington University. He has taught English composition courses at Eastern Washington University.

    His research interests and studies focus on addressing areas of diversity in technical communication program-student diversity, faculty diversity, curricular diversity, and institutional advocacy from multiple perspectives of Anzaldúan theory, Chicana Feminist Theory, Chicana-Indigena Spiritualties.

  • Caitlyn Finger
    Caitlyn Finger
    McNair Graduate Assistant
    Phone: 509.359.2465
    Fax: 509.359.2420

    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.

  • Suzanna Altsuler
    Suzanna Altsuler
    McNair Graduate Assistant
    Mon 107
    Phone: 509.359.2465
    Fax: 509.359.2420

    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.

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