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WOU students selected for M.E.Ch.A. National Coordinating Council

for release:  May 11 , 2009

MONMOUTH – Western Oregon University students Kata Cervantes and Orlando Lopez have been selected as the 2009 National M.E.Ch.A. Coordinating Council representatives for the Aztlán del Noroeste (Northwest region).

M.E.Ch.A, which stands for Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (Chicano Student Movement of Aztlán) is a pro-Latino student organization that promotes higher education, culture and history. This is accomplished through community service projects, workshops and rallies to raise awareness of equity issues for all marginalized groups, particularly the Latino community. One of ten regions in the nation, the Aztlán del Noroeste consists of the following Oregon high schools and colleges: McKay High school, Centennial High school, Portland State University, Oregon State University, Blue Mountain Community College, Mount Hood Community College, University of Oregon, and Western Oregon University.
 
Cervantes, a junior from Hermiston, Oregon majoring in international studies, is a transfer student from Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, where she founded her chapter of M.E.Ch.A. “When I became a part of M.E.Ch.A. I realized I had a purpose, which is connecting people, giving back to the community and to the school. Representing WOU in the Coordinating Council will allow me to make a difference on a national level.”

Lopez, a sophomore from Woodburn, Oregon, has been involved in M.E.Ch.A. since high school, serving as the chapter president during his senior year. Now as sophomore majoring in business at Western, he plans to develop the communication between the high school and college chapters, encouraging Latino students to pursue higher education. “I view this nomination as an honor and a great opportunity to develop as a Mechista and as a Chicano.”

Karie Mize, Ph.D., assistant professor of teacher education and Western’s faculty advisor for M.E.Ch.A., said, “It is highly unusual that two students from the same university are selected to represent the same region, so this is truly an honor for WOU.”

 

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Written by Lisa Wilson, Public Relations Intern

 

Contact:

Karie Mize, Ph.D.
Faculty Advisor, M.E.Ch.A.
503-838-8724 or mizek@wou.edu

Kata Cervantes
503-949-9561 or kcervantes08@wou.edu

Orlando Lopez
503-984-8487 or olopez06@wou.edu

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Title Local elementary schools get college experience
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Blurb Fifth grade classes from Monmouth Elementary, Independence Elementary, Ash Creek and Henry Hill will visit Western Oregon University from April 7 through 10 and get a taste for the college experience as part of a Community Engagement project co-sponsored with the NCAA and the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
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meta-description Fifth grade classes from Monmouth Elementary, Independence Elementary, Ash Creek and Henry Hill will visit Western Oregon University from April 7 through 10 and get a taste for the college experience as part of a Community Engagement project co-sponsored with the NCAA and the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
meta-words Western Oregon University, Oregon, Monmouth Elementary, Independence Elementary, Ash Creek Elementary, Henry Hill Elementary, Russ Blunck, Steve Tillery, NCAA, Division II, Great Northwest Athletic Conference, GNAC