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Political Science

Gilberto Garcia: Spotlight

  • What’s your favorite quote? “We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community... Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.”  Cesar Chavez
  • What drew you to the field? The political and economic conditions in the Latino community and the impact of the Chicano civil rights movement drew me naturally to the field of political science.
  • How did your college experience affect you? My educational experience affected me tremendously. It open new doors and broadened my perspective of what was possible and what was needed to bring about change in the Latino community.
  • How did you end up in Ellensburg? After teaching for many years at EWU, this university offered me the opportunity to develop my expertise in political science, while at the same time help in the development of the Center for Latino/Latin American Studies. I love living close to the many Latino communities located in the Yakima valley and Central Washington.
  • What is your favorite class to teach? Introduction to Politics and Latinos and US Political System
  • Research underway? I am currently working on a study of the Governor’s Commissions on Hispanic/Latino Affairs in the United States.
  • University Service? Co-advisor to MECHA, Co-advisor to Casa Latina, member of the board in the development of the Center for Latino/Latin American Studies
  • Philosophy of teaching? Provide students with the foundation for a critical perspective of politics in the US, which help them challenge common assumptions about the nature of politics in the United States and the World.
  • Greatest Accomplishment and Awards? “Most Inspirational Faculty Award”, 2008-2009, Central Washington University.
  • Professional organizations? National Association for Chicana/Chicano Studies and Pacific Northwest Political Science Association.