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Student Trustee Named

Published: July 17, 2015

CHENEY, Washington - Washington Governor Jay Inslee has appointed Eastern Washington University senior Mariana Garcia as the student representative to the EWU Board of Trustees.

Her term is effective July 1 and will continue through June 30, 2016.

Mariana GarciaA 2011 graduate of Granger High School in the Yakima Valley, Garcia has been very active in promoting diversity at Eastern, serving as the Diversity Outreach Representative of the Associated Students of EWU (ASEWU) as well as president of M.E.Ch.A. She is also part of the TRiO Ronald McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program, which prepares underrepresented minority undergraduates for graduate school.

"EWU has been a beacon of hope for me," said Garcia, who is the first in her family to attend college. "I appreciate its affordability and its mission to expand opportunities for personal transformation through excellence in learning. EWU has given me the tools to accomplish my goals. I am excited to work with the Board of Trustees to help all students succeed."

In April, Garcia presented research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at Eastern. She has also helped organize several campus events to advocate for higher education for all students and hosted a radio show on KYRS Community Radio in Spokane.

She will graduate next June with a BA in International Affairs.

"I'm delighted that Mariana Garcia is joining the Board," said EWU president Mary Cullinan "She will provide insights and perspectives that will help the university continue to support our students' success."

EWU's Board of Trustees work with the EWU president to set the strategic direction of the university and help ensure that EWU is academically and financially accountable and successful.

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