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Faculty & Staff

Below you will find a listing of the faculty and staff for the Chicana and Chicano Studies Program. If you have questions but are unsure of whom to contact, please call the main program office at 509.359.2404.

  • Norma Cárdenas, PhD
    Norma Cárdenas, PhD
    Interim Director
    203 Monroe Hall
    Phone: 509-359-4869
    Fax: 509-359-2310

    Dr. Norma Cárdenas is Interim Director in Chicana and Chicano Studies Program. She received her BA degree from Amherst College in Political Science and her MA in Bicultural Studies and PhD in Culture, Literacy, and Language from the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she was a HLPANR fellow. Her interdisciplinary research and teaching interests are in Chicano-Latino cul­tural studies, Chicana feminism, and food studies. She is currently working on a book project titled Forgetting Tex-Mex: Food Representa­tions in San Antonio's Culinary Borderlands,that explores the culinary formation of Tex-Mex food in San Antonio and the ways food represents social identities and power. She has published in edited collections such as Rethinking Chicana/o Literature through Food (2013),Latin@ Presence in the Food Industry (2016), The Chicano Movement (2014), and We are Aztlán (2017).   

  • Martin Meraz-Garcia, PhD
    Martin Meraz-Garcia, PhD
    Associate Professor
    203 Monroe Hall
    Phone: 509.359.6148
    Fax: 509.359.2310

    Hours: Monday and Wednesday from 8:00 am to 9:50 am (or by appointment)

    Dr. Meráz García's areas of specialization include International Relations, Political Psychology and Criminal Justice. His research interests include, undocumented students in higher education, revolutionary movements in Mexico, Nicaragua and other Latin American countries; the U.S.-Mexico relations with respect to the war on drugs. Current publications include "The Psychology and Recruitment Process of the Narco," "Cooperation Among the Nicaraguan Sandinista Factions," a book titled Ordinary Individuals Become Narcotraffickers; A Theoretical and Interdisciplinary Approach to Drug Trafficking and a study on Latino Business Owners in Washington State and is currently working on a book on female combatants from the Nicaraguan revolution and Counter Revolutionary wars from the 1970s to 1990s.

  • Nydia Martinez, PhD
    Nydia Martinez, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Patterson 111F
    Phone: 509.359.6088
    Fax: 509.359.2310

    Hours: Monday and Wednesday from 9:00 am to 11:00 am (or by appointment)

    Dr. Nydia Martinez is an Assistant Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies. Her research interests are in twentieth-century Mexican history, Mexican American (Chicana/o) history, Latin American history, borderlands history, Third World Liberation movements, gender, and transnational history. Her bilingual and bicultural background and community involvement with Latina/o students and their families, has deeply informed her multidisciplinary research interests, which focuses on Mexican and Chicana/o solidarity movements in the 1960s and 1970s.

  • Elisa Facio, PhD
    Elisa Facio, PhD
    Professor
    203 Monroe Hall
    Phone: 509-359-6146
    Fax: 509.359.2310

    Dr. Elisa Facio is a Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies. She holds a BS from Santa Clara University in Sociology and a MA and PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.  Her areas of interest include Anzalduan theory, Chicana Feminist Theory, Chicana-Indigena spiritualities, aging and health care policy and class, gender and race in post-Soviet Cuba. Dr. Facio is a respected expert in the field of Chican@ studies and Interdisciplinary Ethnic Studies and has delivered addresses at many local, state, regional  and international conferences and events.  She maintains membership in MALCS (Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social), the NACCS (National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies), the National Hispanic Council on Aging, the American Sociological Association, and the Gerontology Society of America.

  • Carlos S. Maldonado, PhD (1953 - 2008)
    Carlos S. Maldonado, PhD (1953 - 2008)
    Emeritus Professor
    203 Monroe Hall

    Dr. Carlos Maldonado earned a BA in history in 1977 from California State university, Stanislaus. He received his MA in Chicano Studies in 1986 at the University of Oregon. Maldonado joined Eastern Washington University's Chicano Education Program in 1987 as director and associate professor. During his tenure in the Chicano Education Program, the program experienced significant expansion in the quality and quantity of its academic offerings, its support services, and in the number of Chicano/Latino students attending EWU. In 2002, Maldonado succeeded in bringing the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) to EWU. Maldonado was a member of the organizing committee to establish the Pacific Northwest chapter of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) in 1989. At the national level, he was chairperson of the coordinating board of NACCS and served as the Executive Director and coordinator of the first National Office until 1989. Maldonado was coeditor of The Chicano Experience in the Northwest. He did research and gave multiple presentations focusing on the Mexicano/Chicano presence in the Northwest.

  • Brian Lloyd Ponce-Castillo
    Brian Lloyd Ponce-Castillo
    Program Coordinator
    203 Monroe Hall
    Phone: 509-359-4838
    Fax: 509-359-2310

    Brian Ponce is originally from Lima, Peru and has been in United States since 2011. Prior to moving to Washington, Brian has lived in Oregon and Alaska. He received two technical degrees in Patronaje Industrial (Industrial Administration) and Computacion e Informatica (Computer Information in Systems Programs) from his home country. Currently, he is working toward his Computer Science degree at EWU. He has been working as the Coordinator for the Chicana and Chicano Studies Program since 2016.

  • Aurelia Murguia
    Aurelia Murguia
    Secretary
    203 Monroe Hall
    Phone: 509.359.4857
    Fax: 509.359.2310

    Aurelia Murguia is originally from Jalisco, Mexico. Prior to permanently settling in Washington, Aurelia has lived in California and Oregon. She received an Associate of Arts degree in Health Science with a focus on Medical Office Specialist from Spokane Community College. She has been the Administrative Assistant for the Chicana and ChicanoStudies Program since 2004. She is close to completing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Eastern Washington University. She enjoys working for the Chicana and Chicano Studies Program and providing the students with assistance. She has four grown children, 2 of which graduated from EWU, and three grandchildren, whom she enjoys spending time with.

  • Jennifer J. Nunez
    Jennifer J. Nunez
    CAMP Associate Director
    203 Monroe Hall
    Phone: 509.359.2230
    Fax: 509.359.2310

    Jennifer is an Othello native and enjoys her small farm town community and the memories she made in high school, her church, and with her family and friends. 

    Jennifer graduated from Eastern Washington University in Business Administration emphasizing in both General Management and Marketing. She says she was blessed to continue her education while working at Eastern and recieved a Masters in Public Administration. Jennifer has worked for Eastern since 2005 and has enjoyed everything about it. "Working for C.A.M.P. in particular gives me the opportunity to help a group of students I can directly identify with."

  • Brenda Gutierrez
    Brenda Gutierrez
    Program Assistant
    203 Monroe Hall
    Phone: 509.359.6899
    Fax: 509.359.2310

    Prior to living in Washington, Brenda resided in Madras, Oregon for sixteen years. As a resident of Jefferson County, She cherished the country for its rural community, which included  the confederate Tribes of Warm Springs along with a vibrant Hispanic Community.

    Brenda graduated from Oregon Institute of Technology in 2013 with a Bachelors of Science in Communication Studies with an emphasis in education and a Psychology Minor. She is excited to be working at Eastern Washington University and with the College Migrant Assistance Program, as Program Assistant. Brenda says "It is rewarding being able to assist and provide students with the necessary tools and support to be successful during their transition into the university setting."

  • Edgar Montoya
    Edgar Montoya
    CAMP Retention Specialist
    203 Monroe Hall
    Phone: 509.359.7042
    Fax: 509.359.2310

    Edgar is from Royal City, WA. and what he likes about his hometown is that it is a small community with a passion for football. During the season, the entire town would pause on Friday nights to go see Royal High Knights.

    In 2013, Edgar graduated from Eastern Washington University, GO EAGS! He earned a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies with a focus in Public Relations. What he enjoys the most most about working for C.A.M.P. is working with the students, alongside a strong team and for a great program. "I feel truly blessed to come to work everyday and do what I feel passionate about."

  • Noé Valdovinos
    Noé Valdovinos
    CAMP Outreach Specialist
    203 Monroe Hall
    Phone: 509-359-6393
    Fax: 509-359-2310

    Noe's hometown is Tri-Cities, Pasco specifically. One of the things that he likes about Pasco is that it challenged him to strive for new experiences outside of his comfort zone, both educationally and personally. Noe recieved a Bachelors of Arts in Comparative Ethnic Studies from Washington State University (GO COUGS) and a Masters in Education from DePaul University (GO BLUE DEMONS). What he enjoys most about C.A.M.P. as a Recruiter/Outreach Specialist is being a servant and change agent for the Migrant Community. "I have a passion for higher education and offering hope of a higher learning experience for students that need it most." 

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