CWUNewsNews to fete new LatinX faculty, students, and staff, 05 Oct 2018 14:39:35<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 475px; height: 198px; margin: 3px; float: right;">To officially greet the newest members to the growing roles of its Hispanic students, CWU will host a LatinX Welcome on Monday, October 8. The two-hour public celebration gets underway at 4:00 p.m. in the Student Union and Recreation Center Ballroom.</p><p>“This event is vital to our LatinX students,” said Miriam Bocchetti, director of the CWU College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) program. “They are a growing student population who do wonderful things on- and off-campus, and we want to accommodate their interests.”</p><p>Along with the available specialty appetizers, such as guacamole and queso, Buñelos, fruta tajin, and assorted aqua de Frescas, and scheduled festivities, including a music performance by the student-comprised CWU Mariachi Del Centro, Evangelina “Bengie” Aguilar will present the keynote remarks on the topic “Leadership: Your Future Depends on It.”</p><p>“We will have a really positive speaker address the students,” noted Bocchetti. “She is someone who inspires and offer students connections with their home communities and culture. She is someone who is aware and can acknowledge some of the transitions they are now going through.”</p><p>Aguilar added, “I want to inspire [students] to believe that they are the next leaders in their communities, the state, and the nation. There are so many people that would make excellent leaders but they get so busy. Even though their hearts tell them that they would make a difference if they served on that board, helped with that event, or ran for city council, life gets in the way. But, I believe, if your heart calls you to service, you should listen—it’s your responsibility to lead, no matter how busy you get.”</p><p>Aguilar is on staff with the Washington State Migrant Student Data and Recruitment Office in Sunnyside. She was also was an elected member of the Sunnyside City Council, and has volunteered on a wide range of boards, commissions, and community-service endeavors.</p><p>The ninth annual CWU event will also officially roll out the red carpet for new university Hispanic staff and faculty.</p><p>Bocchetti said, “By offering the students an opportunity to network, not just with each other, but with other staff and faculty with the same background it will open up even more opportunities for them while they’re here at Central. Having the other faculty and staff of color there points to the fact that our campus is wonderfully diverse and vibrant, and that’s important to the success of the event.”</p><p>The event is sponsored by the CWU LatinX Alumni Association in conjunction with the <a href="" target="_blank">CWU Alumni Association</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">CWU Diversity </a><a href="" target="_blank">and</a><a href="" target="_blank"> Equity Center</a>, and CAMP.</p><p>“We want the students who attend this event to know that there are many programs and many people on this campus that have their best interests at heart and that are here to be of assistance,” Bocchetti pointed out. “If they need help, all they have to do is ask.”</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,</p>CWU Hispanic Student Enrollment Continues to Climb, 31 May 2013 14:57:34<p><img alt="" src="/camp/sites/" style="width: 466px; height: 228px;"></p><p>Central Washington University has experienced a 169-percent increase in its Hispanic enrollment over the past five years, an upward trend that will continue next year. A number of those students will receive their degrees during the university’s Ellensburg commencement exercises on Saturday, June 8. Pablo Gonzalez, from Zillah, is among them.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">“What attracted me to Central was the great location, beautiful campus, it was close to home, and affordable,” he said. “It was a simple decision.” &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>It’s been a whirlwind four years for Gonzalez who said, about his impending graduation, “This is just the beginning. It feels great to be able to apply what I’ve learned at Central, go forward, become established in my community, and be a contributing member of society.”</p><p>Gonzalez credits the university’s College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) for helping him to get off to a good start in his college studies.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">“CAMP helped me transition from never thinking about going to college to getting into college my first year,” he said. “It was a great resource to ask questions and feel comfortable about being on campus. The staff helped me plan my classes and to graduate on time.”</span></p><p>CAMP predominantly serves freshman students from migrant and seasonal farm working backgrounds. The federally funded program is designed to help students succeed at the outset of their college careers. CAMP students are eligible for a variety of services, such as academic assistance, career planning, cultural enrichment opportunities, financial support, mentoring, and is a connection to additional campus resources.</p><p>Sixty-three students enrolled at CWU last fall with the help of with CAMP. Potentially, even more students could comprise next fall’s class.</p><p>“These [incoming students] are probably the most interested we’ve worked with,” said CAMP Director Miriam Bocchetti. “It’s also the largest number of eligible students to date.”</p><p>Bocchetti added, “While we work primarily with first-year freshman, about 10 percent of our time and effort goes to assist non-first-year students.” That includes some additional academic advising and the annual recognition banquet for graduating seniors.</p><p>Gonzalez is just one of 22 CAMP students that will receive their diplomas next week.</p><p>Admittedly always interested in politics, Gonzalez will graduate with a bachelor of arts in political science, with a minor in communication.&nbsp;</p><p>“I just thought it was the right path,” he said. “I really feel that I can help people learn how the government works and become more knowledgeable.”&nbsp;</p><p>Gonzalez put his studies to use last year, in his bid to become the state representative from the 15th Legislative District. Although unsuccessful, he said it was a fun learning experience.&nbsp; Though it’s not in his near-term plans, Gonzalez is not ruling out another bid for elective office “some day.” In the meantime, he will remain involved in the political process.</p><p>“Since I was one of the first [Latinos] that ran there, I feel I have a responsibility to be a resource for people that do want to [run for office],” he added. &nbsp;</p><p>While at CWU, he also traveled to Central America with the university’s Cross Cultural Leadership Program.</p><p>“We decided to go to El Salvador to deliver stoves to a poverty-stricken community that was suffering breathing problems because they would have to cook inside their houses,” he said. “The stoves reduced emissions and really helped their community.”</p><p>In addition, Gonzalez twice presented his political research, on the North American Free Trade Agreement and on income inequality, at the National Technology and Social Science Conference in Las Vegas.</p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,</p><p>Photo of Pablo Gonzalez</p><p>Posted May 31, 2013</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">