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Welcome to the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program
526 5th Street
Cheney, WA 99004
Amy Núñez was born in Pasco, Washington and raised in Yakima, Washington. She graduated from Eisenhower High School in 2010 with the desire to be an elementary school teacher.
Her parents immigrated to the United States twenty years ago in search of a better life for their children. Education, among many other things, is one of the main essentials which her parents did not have access to and made sure that all of their children had access to. This motivation from her parents has inspired her to pursue a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with emphasis in Reading, Spanish, and Chicano Studies. Ultimately, her goal is to become superintendent of a school someday. She believes that this position is where she can truly make a difference and offer educational support services to individuals who may need it. Additionally, as a superintendent she will have the opportunity to positively represent a population whose contributions are often overlooked in this society.
Because of her experience as a Latina in the United States, she has dedicated a substantial amount of time towards promoting cultural diversity and higher education among Latino students. She has organized English for Language Learner classes for monolingual adults, assembled a scholarship list for high school Latino students in the Yakima Valley, helped prepare and deliver Christmas baskets to low-income Latinos in the Cheney community, helped organize two Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano@ de Aztlán high school student conferences, and she has coordinated a Día de los Muertos event as well as a Día de los Niños event at Eastern Washington University. She is additionally a LEAP (Latino Educational Achievement Project) Ambassador and advocates for 1079 students in Olympia on a regular basis.
On top of her extracurricular activities, she has maintained a 3.8 grade point average and has made the Dean's list seven out of the eight quarters that she has attended Eastern Washington University.
Amy has had the opportunity to present one of her research projects titled, "Secondary Education in the Yakima School District," at the Pacific Northwest Political Science Association Conference in Portland, OR and the NACCS Pacific Northwest Fall Regional Conference at Heritage University.
Dr. Martin Meraz Garcia, Assistant Professor, Chicano Education Department, EWU