General Resources

We understand your student will need help adjusting to college and need your input as a family on the resource to help them succeed as they learn and grow at Eastern. Here are some places you can visit to get involved in your student’s transition to college:

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Sarahi Gutierrez

Coordinator & Recruiter
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203 Monroe Hall Cheney Wa 99004

Sarahi Gutierrez has been involved with the Chicana/o/x Studies Program for the past 3 years. Her dedication for advocacy work and interest in growing professionally has granted her opportunities to speak at various platforms, present research, and host state-wide conferences. She has received her BA in  International Affairs with a Chicanx Studies Minor and a BA in Political Science with a Spanish minor. As a first-generation student, Sarahi understands the importance of mentoring and the positive influence it brings to improve student success. She’s thrilled to begin her work at Chicana/o/x studies.


Working at EWU since March 2020.

COVID Resources

updated: 12/09/2020

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More information about COVID Resources, please check out this page.

Parent FAQ

The cost to attend EWU is about $7,461 per year. Learn more about tuition and fees at EWU.

If you’re a Washington state resident, one quarter costs about $2,500 in tuition and fees. Learn more about tuition and fees at EWU.

Yes! EWU offers many scholarships. To start the scholarship application, visit

Yes, it is a requirement. However, there are exceptions. You can apply for an exception by completing the Housing Exception Request and providing the requested supporting documentation. You can find more information on the EWU Housing website.

For this question you can refer to EWU admissions web page 

  • Apply online and pay $60.00 fee 
  • Submit Test Scores or a Test Alternatives 
    •  EWU is test optional, which means you don’t have to submit test scores if you’d prefer not to. You have several options and only need to submit one of the following requirements    
  • a recommendation letter from a current teacher or counselor 
  • AP, IB, CLEP, or Cambridge scores 
  • evidence of college success as an EWU Running Start student 
  • evidence of college success as a Running Start Student 
  • evidence of college success as a College in the High School student as demonstrated by GPAs of 2.5 for college-level English and 2.5 for college-level math 

If you send test scores, EWU’s SAT school code is 4301 and our ACT school code is 4454. You can ask ACT or CollegeBoard SAT to send your test scores directly to us, or you can send us a copy yourself.  

  • Submit High School Transcripts 
  • Submit College Transcripts 
  • Complete the FAFSA 
  • Apply for Scholarships Complete theEWU Scholarship Application. 

  • Library 
  • Information Technology  
  • Advising  
  • Tutoring  
  • Study Space on Campus  
  • Writers’ Center    

Here is more information: studentsstudytransfercampusfood pantry 

There are jobs for students at EWU, students can log on EWU web page and follow the link, when students complete that FAFSA or WASFA make sure to click the box when they ask if you would like to receive a work-study awardYou can find more information here. 

Approximately four or five years depends on the number of credits required for the major they choose. You can find more information here. 

EWU offers 90 areas of studies. To explore the 90 programs of major studies, you can refer to EWU web page and type Interactive Program Explorer. You can find more information here. 

We direct students to Career Center Department. The Career Center provide help to students with a wide range of services. Students have many options for developing professionally, seeking opportunities and provide help with the fallowing services 

  • Jobs & Internships  
  • Resumes & Cover Letters  
  • Mock Interviews 
  • Events & Networking  
  • Career Fairs  
  • Letters of Recommendation  
  • Employers engagements and more  

Due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) university professors and staff are not allowed to disclose student information regarding grades or attendance. If parents or guardians would like access to this information, the student would need to complete and submit a Release of information form I encourage parents and students to maintain open communication.

  • Go out in groups with people you trust  
  • When you go out, especially at night, it’s a good idea to do with several friends, make sure to stay in popular areas  
  • Be Alert, always be aware of your surroundings, and people around you  
  • When you hang socially know your limits  
  • Ask to be score if you are in need specially at night time.  
  • Take advantage of campus escort programs.  
  • Be aware of your social media posting.  
  • Si puedes vive con tus padres  

  • Exist several forms of how to pay for student university expenses. For Example, financial help with FAFSA o WASFA, scholarships, job opportunities and work-study     
  • Complete the FAFSA form 
  • Apply for Scholarships and Grants 
  • Work While You Attend School.  
  • Pay for Collegewith Student Loans.  
  • Reduce Your Tuition Costs 
  • Consider an Online School. 
  • Work on Lowering Your Living Expenses 
  • Get a college roommate 
  • Live with parents if you are close to college  

Students bounce back and forth to class, dining hall, dorm, meetings, library, sports, etc. all day long. They may get up early and stay up late to get it all done. It takes some getting used to.

The Chicana/o/x Studies Program has developed bilingual guided tours to family members, presented workshops with high school students and their parents, and we’ve been involved with admission events in which we’ve received frequently asked questions from parents. We have condensed those questions here and we hope these will be helpful to you.


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Gabriel Garcia

Gabriel Chavez Garcia

Assistant Director of Recruitment, Transfer

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Resources to Prepare for Medical School

Working with EWU Alumni and First Year Medical Student - Daniel Garcia-Prieto, has developed these resources for students to be aware of what Medical school has to offer and the process to get into medical school.

How to Use the Terminology

The words we use to identify ourselves and to identify others matter. These words reflect our identities, our beliefs, and our histories. As such it is important to understand what these words are and their origins. It is our hope that providing information on these terms will help others understand more about who we are and our communities.

Chicana/o/x was originally a slur used to identify Americans of Mexican descent and reflect them being of a lower social class. However, this term was reclaimed in the 1960’s & 70’s as part of the Chicano Movement to create a sense of community solidarity, ethnic pride, and political power. In more recent years the Chicana/o/x identity has continued to become less of an ethnic identity and more of a political stance representing a desire for change, political activism, and representation for our communities. The term has also moved away from its nationalist identity, which solely represented Mexican-Americans to attempting to embrace and include more Latin-American identities.

Latina/o/x is a term often used in the United States to identify people from Latin American counties, who are of Latin American descent, or are culturally Latin American, regardless of the language primarily spoken in their Latin American country of origin or descent. Typically this identity includes Brazil, but does not include Spain or indigenous communities that existed before the creation of the modern Latina/o/x identity.

Hispanic is a term often used to identify people who trace their roots back to a primarily Spanish speaking country, examples being Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippines and Spain. However, this category historically has not included people from Brazil, Indigenous Latin American communities, Afro descendants, or Asian descendants.

The difference between these two identities is that of culture versus language. Typically Latina/o/x is a cultural identifier that represents a person who is from or is descended from a country in Latin America, examples being; Mexico, Brazil, Chile, and Honduras.

This is in contrast to Hispanic which is connected to the primary language spoken in their country of origin or descent being Spanish. This includes origins such as Cuba, Puerto Rico, Spain, and the Philippines.

So this means many countries of origin and descent are both Latina/o/x and Hispanic. Places like, Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Honduras, and Chile. However, some countries are Latina/o/x and not Hispanic, such as Brazil as they primarily speak Portuguese and not Spanish. While others are Hispanic and not Latina/o/x, such as Spain and the Philippines, as they are not located in Latin America.

“Although there are certain similarities between the indigenous peoples of the Americas, the situation is different in each country, with different percentages of indigenous populations. The indigenous population of Latin America consists of approximately 50 million people, who belong to 500 different ethnic groups. The largest populations (in absolute and relative terms) are in Mexico, Guatemala, Peru and Bolivia.” – Martin de Dios, Affiliate researcher at the Center for Studdies for Human Development of Universidad de San Andres.

Much like their American Indian counterparts Indigenous populations of Latin America are vast and diverse, each with their own unique cultures, practices, languages, and histories. Because of this many Indigenous Latin American communities actively choose not to identify as Hispanic or Latina/o/x, as their cultures and identities existed before either category was created. While many communities have connections with Latina/o/x cultures, they often have a desire to remain distinct from them.

Afro-Latinos are people from Latin America or are of Latin American descent that are interwoven with African or black identities historically ingrained within Latin America. This includes Haitians, descendants of the Atlantic Slave Trade, and other black descended indigenous cultures.

Afro-Latina/o/x people reflect the complex and varied nature of race and identity among Latinos. A Pew Research Center survey of Latino adults shows that one-quarter of all U.S. Latinos self-identify as Afro-Latino, Afro-Caribbean or of African descent with roots in Latin America.

Latinx is used generally as a gender-neutral term for Latin Americans, but it has been especially embraced by members of Latina/o/x LGBTQ+ communities as a word to identify themselves as people of Latin descent possessing a gender identity outside the male/female identies.

Latinx was originally formed in as a word for those of Latin American descent who do not identify as being of the male or female gender or who simply don’t want to be identified by gender. Latinx purposefully breaks with Spanish’s gendered grammatical tradition. X signifies something unknown and is used in Latinx to connote unspecified gender.

History of Latinx

Colorism is a practice of discrimination where those with lighter skin are treated more favorably than those with darker skin. This practice is a product of racism, in that it upholds the white standards of beauty and benefits white people in the institutions of oppression (media, medical world, etc.). A major effect of Colorism is the devaluing of Black, Indigenous, and darker skinned mixed individuals by society.