Our Students

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Chicana/o/x Studies Program dedicates itself to promote resources and opportunities for our students to grow and prosper. Each section below exhibits ways you can get involved with the community and resources to achieve a smooth transition at EWU.

Please make sure to check out Guide to Fall 2020 to keep updated on on-line learning at EWU.

2020 Chicana/o/x Studies Graduates

Major: Film Studies

“I was once told that I ‘could never go to college’ because of my undocumented status. Thanks to DACA I am able to be here today saying that I am officially proving myself right. I’m a proud Latinx filmmaker and looking forward to using what I have learned from the people and communities I have met while at Eastern and in Spokane to continue to better my people and be a good ally to others. I’m Darinka Cereceres Reyes and si se pudo!”

Darinka Cereceres Reyes

Major: Political Science

Minor: Chicana/o/x Studies

“I thank my family and especially my husband for being my support system during my undergrad. They have continually encouraged me to pursue my interests in academia, while always instilling in me to make a presentation and not be ashamed of who I am. They have influenced the Chingona I am today.”

Frances B. Huston Medallion Award Recipient

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Major: International Affairs and Political Science

Minor: Chicana/o/x Studies and Spanish

“I would like to thank my parents who have sacrificed so much for my future and my siblings future. I cannot thank them enough for the support they have granted me during my academic career and I am so grateful for their love and motivation to keep me going. I would also like to thank all my friends who I have created wonderful memories at EWU, they were my support system and my founded family.”

Major: Addiction Studies

Minor: Psychology and Spanish

“During the past two years, I have been a work-study student for the Chicanx Studies Program. My first year I worked as an office aid and this year I got to work as a Peer Mentor. The Chicanx Studies Program has helped me a lot during my last two years of college, I have learned how to help with events, mentor other students and it has given me the opportunity to work with others who come from similar backgrounds as me. The staff and faculty have also been very welcoming and have helped make the program feel like a second home. I know that the experience I have gained will help me in the future, especially with my mentor experience it has prepared me for my future career goals of being able to work with others in my community and being able to help them.”

Major: Addiction Studies
Minors: Psychology and Spanish

“Product of my parents sacrifice. Llegaron con nada pero me lo dieron todo. Thank you to my family for your endless love and support. & Thank you to the amazing friends I’ve made along the way. Couldn’t have done it alone. Gracias a Dios!”

Major: Psychology and Ethnic Studies

Minor: Chicana/o/x Studies and American Indian Studies

“The Chicanx Studies program has been an important part of my journey at Eastern as well as my own personal journey. Through their program, I gained a better understanding of my place in the world as a mixed identity individual. This information is something that I can share not only with my family and friends but with the greater Latinx community. The confidence and knowledge they have provided me will influence my future achievements, successes, and adventures for the rest of my life.”


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Major: Psychology

Minor: Chicana/o/x Studies

“I am beyond grateful for my friends and family who have shaped me to be a better person and fight for what’s right. Along the way, I achieved so much and all I was doing was advocating for my community.”

“As a McNair scholar, I will be graduating with a bachelor in Applied Psychology with a minor in Chicano Studies. Within this time, I have completed two research internships, one at EWU and the other at the University of Notre Dame. Recently, I received an honorable mention from the National Science Foundation and the EWU Francis B Award. I am excited to be continuing my education at the University of California, Irvine to obtain a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Human Development.”

Frances B. Huston Medallion Award Recipient


Marixza Torres

Major: Communication Studies

Minor: Chicana/o/x Studies and Spanish

“The Chicano studies program has helped me in many ways, but mostly for understanding and believing in my culture. By learning the aspects and dynamics of what Chicano studies is, has changed my life for the better. It has helped me be strong and not give up when expressing my opinions. I got a boost of confidence and believing in myself that my culture, my identity, my ethnicity, race, and color makes a difference in the future by not being afraid to show who I am as a person and be successful for me, and my family.”

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Current Students

Chicana/o/x Studies Program offers a variety of ways to get involved through community service, join student organizations,  and opportunities to invest in job skills by means of internships and certifications.

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New Students

The Chicana/o/x Studies Program provides a variety of academic and non-academic support services benefiting students. Academic services include advising, guidance towards scholarship information, mentorship opportunities, cultural-based initiatives, and linkages for tutoring needs. CHST also assists students to become familiar with university regulations and practices and advocates on the students’ behalf with other university departments and offices. Below are resources you may find helpful:

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Student Organizations

Alpha Pi Sigma’s mission to professionally develop women leaders has created an innovative forum for Latina’s to give back to the community. Our sisterhood is composed of university and professional diverse women committed towards the empowerment of women and the Latin American community. We do this by providing leadership development, academic enrichment programs, community service, and activities geared towards the appreciation, promotion, and preservation of our surrounding communities.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email pi_rep@alphapisigma.org. Follow on Facebook.

The purpose of Ballet Folklorico de Aztlán is to put on performances of Latin American dance music to show the history and culture behind the art of Folkloric dance. To engage, entertain and teach both dancers and the audience in the history of these regional dances, Ballet Folklorico de Aztlán is open to all of Eastern Washington University community.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email bfa.ewu@gmail.com. Follow on Facebook.

The purpose of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority is to promote the traditional values of unity, honesty, integrity, and leadership among women at Eastern Washington University. We are a group of women dedicated to the community. Kappa Delta Chi was established at Eastern Washington University on December 4, 2005 by 10 lovely charters, making it the first Latina sorority at EWU.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email alphalambda.president@kappadeltachi.org. Follow on Facebook.

La Hermandad de O eMe Te exists as a brotherhood to serve as a support group for its members and strives to uphold four standards: culture, wisdom, empowerment, and carnalismo. O eMe Te also serves as a form of support and service to the Chicano/Mexicano/Latino community at EWU as well as the state, nation, and worldwide.

As of fall 2020, this organization is no longer active at EWU. If you have any questions or concerns, please email vrodriguez@ewu.edu.

Lambda Theta Alpha was founded at Kean University in 1975 as the first Latina sorority in the nation. Lambda Theta Alpha strives to develop strong leaders that produce and engage in political, social and cultural activities. Based on the principles of unity, love, and respect, the sorority was established for the unification of women through charitable and educational programs. Although Lambda Theta Alpha is Latin by tradition, the sorority is inclusive to all women regardless of race, color, creed, sexual identity, gender expression, or religious beliefs.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email ltaeepresident@gmail.com. Follow on Facebook.

The philosophy of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. is based on the belief that Latino Unity is essential in order to create cultural, social, and political awareness in the Latino community and in American society. The development of leadership among all Brothers is necessary to create consciousness toward common goals and ideals, which will achieve a strong sense of chivalry, respect, dignity, and equality for all Latinos.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email ewulambdab2@gmail.com. Follow on Facebook.

Mariachi Las Águilas is an EWU music program of students who dedicate their time to learning and performing mariachi music. They provide a cultural home for all those who love mariachi music, by performing on campus and connecting with the broader Hispanic community through performances in Spokane and beyond.

If you wish to join the group or request a performance, please email swoodward1@ewu.edu. Follow on Facebook.

Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano/a de Aztlán (Chicano/a Student Movement of Aztlán) is a student-created organization that seeks to promote Chicano unity and empowerment through political action. The motto of MEChA is “La Union Hace La Fuerza” (“Unity Makes Strength”). MEChA hosts an annual student conference at EWU, cultural events such as Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), political sessions, participates actively in promoting political change, has annual potlucks and activities for the members to participate in.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email mecha@eagles.ewu.edu. All are welcome! Follow on Facebook.

We are, P.O.W.E.R.S., an advocacy and support group for undocumented students and allies. Our mission is to provide resources and educational awareness to not only students, but also faculty and staff. We are trying to help with healing and distressing strategies to ease your time at EWU.

If  you have nay questions or concerns, please email undocuhelp@ewu.edu. Follow on Facebook.

Scholars in Action gives student scholars the opportunity to investigate research interests concerning the community and opportunities for academic growth based on their goals. The group focuses to promote critical alternative scholarship on race, class, gender, sexuality and transgender studies in Latinx Studies, Afro American Studies, and American Indian Studies. This group was formed to have support and accountability among members to help each other develop academic skills and promote ideas. As a whole, our student scholars will work on developing scholarly research skills, writing skills, and public speaking skills.

For more information, visit EagleSync or email our advisor, Martín Meráz García, at mgarcia1@ewu.edu.

Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity Inc. is the largest Latino based fraternity in the United States, with a multicultural membership. Founded in 1986 at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. In 2007, the Pi Gamma chapter was established at Eastern Washington University where we utilize our Latino based fraternity as a catalyst to serve the needs and wants of all people. We are more than just a social fraternity, we stand by and believe in our four values; community service, academics, cultural awareness and brotherhood. Academics is of high importance to our organization enhance our motto “Opportunity for Wisdom, Wisdom for Culture.”

If you have any questions or concerns, please email easternwashingtonbetas@gmail.com. Follow on Facebook.

Sigma Lambda Gamma is the largest, historically Latina-based national sorority with a multicultural membership in chapters and alumnae associations throughout the United States – from Arizona to Wyoming; Florida to Minnesota; New York to Texas; and many more states between the coasts of California and Rhode Island. A criterion for membership into Sigma Lambda Gamma is open to women of exceptional morals & ethics with a demonstrated commitment to academic excellence, and who are pursuing or have completed courses leading to a degree in an accredited college or university.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email ewu.slg1990@gmail.com. Follow on Facebook.