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Cheney, WA 99004
phone: 509.359.6200 (campus operator)

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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. She directs the TRIO Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program and has taught in the fields of Race and Culture, Chicano Studies, Education, Sociology, at Eastern Washington University. Dr. Torres Garcia currently serves, and has for the past six years, as the WSTA Public Relations and Networking Committee chair and become the 2016-2017 President of the Washington State TRIO Association, which is a catalyst in Washington State for progressive initiatives that promote educational equity, access, and opportunity for traditionally marginalized student populations. 

    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, and seeks to use her experience to inspire and support others as they gain the vision and education needed to realize their dreams. By facilitating experiences for scholars that enhance academic growth, her goal is to create a rigorous, but supportive and welcoming community of scholars. She is edicated to the TRIO McNair mission of providing opportunities that prepare McNair participants for success at the doctoral level, and has worked full-time for Eastern's McNair Program since 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, ill-mannered Quaker parrot named Dudley Do-Right, and a little green lovebird named Puff.

  • Lexi Mitchell
    Lexi Mitchell
    McNair Graduate Assistant
    Mon 107
    Phone: 509.359.2465
    Fax: 509.359.2420

    Lexi is a Ronald E. McNair Graduate Assistant and is currently enrolled in the Education Specialist Degree program in School Psychology. She is interested in education and in assisting students in their needs for growth and achievement. 

    Lexi earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Gonzaga University in 2015 and then spent one year as an AmeriCorps member for Gonzaga's Mentoring program. As a College Access Core Coordinator for this program, she spent time helping elementary school students learn about college and build positive relationships with college students. In addition to these interests, she also loves to dance, travel, and watching great Netflix shows. 

  • Ben Murray
    Ben Murray
    STEM Graduate School Assistant, Ronald E. McNair Scholar Program
    107 Monroe
    Phone: 509.359.2465
    Fax: 509.359.2420

    Ben Murray crawled out of the woods around Spokane to pursue a career and life dedicated to the
    sound of words. While he misses the tree house where he first wrote his sonnet titled "My
    Mind - A Tree Octopus," he is excited about his return to civilization and all that there is - such
    as pavement, cell phones, and television. Coming to Cheney, he has found a welcoming place to
    work, write and thrive at Eastern. As the STEM GSA, he has had the opportunity to
    communicate with bright minds in many fields of study.
    Ben received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a creative writing slant from Eastern
    Washington University. He likes all sorts of outdoor activities, but he won't list any here. He,
    instead, will give this inconsequential list that may speak to who he is: Eggs, ice, a single leaf
    from a walnut tree, chicken wire, and a 13mm wrench.

  • Erik Almaguer
    Erik Almaguer
    Graphic Designer/Web-Developer, Ronald E. McNair Scholar Program
    107 Monroe
    Phone: 509.359.2465
    Fax: 509.359.2420

    Erik Almaguer

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