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Dr. Martinez is original from the southern Mexican state of Guerrero. As a first-generation college student and immigrant, Dr. Martinez obtained two BAs in Philosophy and American Studies followed by a Masters in History from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Dr. Martinez received a Ph.D. in Latin American History from the University of New Mexico (UNM) in 2015. Her research focuses on the historical, political, and cultural relations between people of Mexican ancestry in the United States and Mexican activists in Mexico during the 1960s and 1970s.
She joined Eastern Washington University in the Fall of 2015 as an Assistant Professor of Latin American History and Chicana/o/x Studies. Since her arrival to Spokane, Dr. Martinez has collaborated with diverse groups of academics, community members and students through mentorship, community activism, cultural programing, and academic knowledge related to diverse issues affecting a wide variety of communities. In 2017 Dr. Nydia A. Martinez was one of five state public university faculty in the state of Washington to receive the Rep. Timm Ormsby Citizenship Award in recognition for her efforts to promote civic engagement and leadership. In June 2020, she was appointed as the permanent director for the Chicana/o/x Studies Program and in the summer of 2020 as the Academic Director of the College Assistance Migrant Program (C.A.M.P).
Zoom Office Hours: 10 AM – 12 PM Tuesday & Thursday
Favorite Quote: “Don’t mistake politeness for lack of strength.” Sonya Sotomayor
A song that inspires Dr. Martinez: “Somos Sur” (We are all South) by Ana Tijoux
Areas of Interest
Dr. Elias comes from the University of Puget Sound, where he held a position as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. He is a graduate of the University of California at Riverside.
Winter Qrt. Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday – 11 AM – 12:30 PM
In addition, Dr. Elias completed his PhD in Sociology in the Fall of 2016. His areas of specialization are:
Edmundo M. Aguilar is currently the College in the High School Coordinator in which supports and mentors high school teachers by aligning Chicanx Studies curriculum and other necessary tasks to ensure that the EWU HS course matches the EWU college course and students have a smooth transition to higher education. Edmundo received his Ph.D. from Washington State University in Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education. After a career as a Television Journalist, Edmundo returned to higher education where he received his Master’s in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Culture at Eastern Washington University. His work centers on catalyzing systemic social change through documentary film, and other media forms, in which critically interrogates identity and oppressive experiences. He believes this practice serves as a pedagogical instrument to educate, inspire, and inform communities subjugated by systems of oppression. Edmundo’s scholarship/activism creates an opportunity for healing, transformation, and positive social change by building bridges over physical and psychological borders. Edmundo was awarded with the 2019/2020 Eastern Washington University College of Social Sciences Teaching Excellence Award.
the MCTSC is a multimodal media center that creates positive social change by connecting digital scholarship to critical literacy and practice. The MCTSC develops critical consciousness and strategic action planning with Eastern Washington University students, faculty, staff and community youth who are seeking to become agents of change in a vastly digital world.
Malachi is a senior, working on getting he’s B.A. in International Affairs and Political Science with a minor in economics. He plans after graduating from Eastern to go to Grad School.
Office Hours: M, W – 10 AM – 2 PM (PST)
F – 11 AM – 2 PM (PST)
Accomplishment you’re most proud of?
I am proud that as a first-generation, non-traditional student, I accomplished my goals of obtaining a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree while juggling a full-time job and my family. In 2015, I graduated with my master’s degree the same year my son graduated from high school.
Top three things on your Bucket List?
Finish my book, A Love Letter to Maria, about my grandmother’s life story.
Visit Frida Kahlo’s Blue House.
Visit the town in Mexico where my mom was born, San Miguel el Alto, Jalisco.
Last movie you saw?
The most interesting place you’ve been to?
The Salvador Dalí Museum in Figueres, Spain (while visiting Barcelona, Spain)
A movie title for the story of your life?
Some Kind of Wonderful
If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why?
Too many… Frida Kahlo, Greta Garbo, Maya Angelou… strong women who challenged the status quo.
Top three favorite foods?
My mom’s enchiladas
How do you recharge?
I am very creative, and I love photography, art, renovating furniture and decorating my spaces.
Summer… I love the long days. The sun comes up early and there is sunlight until late into the evening.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and how would you use it?
Reading people’s minds. This job would be so much easier!!
If you could sing one song on American Idol, what would it be?
Uh, no way! I only do concerts and sing-alongs with my friends and family.
Greatest bit of advice a parent or mentor has given you?
One word that you would use to describe your team?
Silly! I work with the funniest people.
Your greatest personal accomplishment thus far?
I have been married to my husband, Gareth for 23 years, and I have a 21-year old son, Gavin. I am exceedingly proud of my little family and the role I have hopefully played in creating a great life for them.
I am left-handed, and I love that I am a little different and quirky. I will often have a deep, kindred connection with someone, and then later find out they are left-handed.
Victor Rodríguez serves as the manager for New Student Transitions & Family Programs and most recently, the interim director for the Multicultural Center. He began his career at EWU in 2007 and has served in Higher Education for over 20 years . He has worked extensively with the transition and orientation of community college and university students and parents and has been actively involved in the mentorship of undergraduate students and advising of student organizations. Victor holds a BA in Government from EWU and was a two-year recipient of the EWU Student Affairs Undergraduate Student Fellowship.
Rosie received her BAE in Special Education from Arizona State University in 1997 and her MA Ed. in Literacy from Eastern Washington University in 2010. Research interests are in early childhood education, learning disabilities and bilingual education. She spent the last 15 years as a special educator in Spokane and Spokane County. Born and raised in El Paso, Texas she attended bilingual schools from K-12. She came to Spokane in 2003 when her husband Roland was transferred with a company in the pharmaceutical industry. Rosie has three grown children and 2 grandlittles who live in three different states: Texas, California and Montana.
Dr. García-Sánchez obtained a Licenciatura in Spanish Philology from the University of Salamanca, Spain (1989), and a Master of Arts (1993) and a PhD from Arizona State University (1996). His research focuses on the 18th and 19th-century Transatlantic travel narrative, with special interest on logs written by Spanish explorers in the Pacific Northwest. His line of research in this corpus of study is founded on Discourse Analysis and Postcolonial Theory.
Dr. García Sánchez has taught all levels of Spanish at EWU. He is the Director of the Summer Program in Salamanca, Spain. He is currently the Department Chair for the Modern Languages Department.
Pronouns: Modern Languages and Literatures
Pronouns: Modern Languages and Literatures
Dr. Natalia Ruiz-Rubio is from Spain. She has a BA in Romances Languages and Certificate in Comparative Literatures from Universidad de Extremadura. She completed a MA in Hispanic Literatures and a PhD in Hispanic Cultural Studies at Michigan State University. She specialized in Latin American and Spanish Film.
Her dissertation focused on fashion and citizenship in Latin American. Her current research project analyzes the cultural contributions of the post-dictatorship generation aiming to document of the struggles for truth, justice, and intergenerational dialogue in the South Cone and Spain. Her latest publication is entitled: “In Search of the Father: Forgetting and Autofiction in Two Argentine Documentaries: El (im)posible olvido (Impossible to Forget, Habegger, 2016) and El padre (The Father, Arruti, 2016).” in the volume War and Remembrance in World Cinema (forthcoming).
In her free time, she loves hiking, backpacking, cooking, and watching movies.
I study bacteria pathogenesis and the molecules in Helicobacter pylori used to infect and cause gastric disease in humans.
Andrés Aragoneses got his BSc at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and his PhD at Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya (both in Spain). He did a postdoc at Duke University and was Visiting Assistant Professor at Carleton College. His research interest is in nonlinear dynamics in lasers. He performs experiments with diode lasers to induce complex dynamics and chaos in the output intensity of the laser to study and characterize complexity. In his research, he looks for similarities and patterns between lasers and neurons to develop optical neurons, a benchtop architecture that allows mimicking neuronal behavior with lasers. He has also done research in quantum key distribution, polymer science, and cosmology. He is also interested in outreach and teaching methodologies. He also likes science fiction and has written one short novel: Mundo Pequeño (Small World).
Hometown: Prosser, WA
Hardest class ever taken: Statistics
Favorite off-campus hangout: El Rodeo
Favorite EWU tradition: Greek Yardshow
In-state recruiting: Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Grant, Garfield, Asotin, and Walla Walla Counties
Out-of-state recruiting: Eastern Oregon
Hometown: Toppenish, WA
Hardest class ever taken: CNC Programming
Favorite off-campus hangout: Buffalo Wild Wings
Favorite EWU tradition: Eastern football tailgating
In-state recruiting: Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, Whatcom Counties, North King County (above I-90)
Out-of-state recruiting: Hawaii
Hometown: Quincy, WA
Major: Physical Education
Hardest class ever taken: Anatomy and physiology
Favorite off-campus hangout: Riverside State Park
Favorite EWU tradition: the new-hire scavenger hunt
In-state recruiting: Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor, Mason, Kitsap, Thurston, Pacific, Lewis, Wahkiakum, Cowlitz, Skamania, Clark Counties
Out-of-state recruiting: Western Oregon
Special admissions programs: DREAMers, DACA students, 1079 students, students from foster families
Hometown: Aberdeen, WA
Major: Sociology and Spanish
Hardest class ever taken: Social Stratification
Favorite off-campus hangout: Manito Park in Spokane
Favorite EWU tradition: Touchdown Cannon
In-state recruiting: Community and Technical Colleges
Out-of-state recruiting: Northern California