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New Director for LLAS, Dr. Christina Torres García

Dr. Christina Torres Garcia

The College of Art and Humanities is pleased to announce that following a national search Dr. Christina Torres García has agreed to serve as the Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Director of the Latino, Latin American Studies Program (LLAS) effective September 16th, 2021.

Amidst a highly talented pool of applicants from an extensive national search, Dr. Torres García stood out by virtue of her exceptional scholarship, experience, skills, character, and values. CAH Associate Dean Mark Meister chaired the search and noted Dr. Torres García’s impressive mentoring and dedication to her students. “Christina is profoundly dedicated to her students. She shares CWU’s passion and commitment to the transformative power of a liberal arts education.” According to CAH Dean Jill Hernandez, “Christina exemplifies CAH’s vision for educating ethically-minded students to reach their creative, intellectual, and leadership potential.” Dean Jill Hernandez believes that El Centro plays a vital role in assisting CWU’s efforts and focus on inclusiveness and diversity. Dr. Torres García is committed to providing the leadership and vision we need to rebuild community, construct bridges among relations, offer a true sense of belonging, and advance the essential work of El Centro.

 Dr. Torres García joins us from Eastern Washington University (EWU). She has served as the Assistant Dean of University College, McNair Director, and affiliated faculty in Chicano Studies and Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies. Throughout her multi-sectored career, Torres García has created, led, and contributed to the success of numerous equity-oriented initiatives and mentored many students. 

 Dr. Torres García received her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies and Social Thoughts in Education and an MBA at Washington State University. She spent her childhood in Mexico and migrated to the U.S. as a teen, following her farm-working parents to Washington. “As a first-generation, low-income Latina student, I’m coming from a place of knowing versus just understanding the life of many of our Latinx students.” She hopes her experiential knowledge assists students to tackle those complex and systemic issues “by implementing tactics, strategies, and movidas to overcome them.”


Dr. Torres García is committed to promoting an inclusive environment that focuses on raising consciousness about social issues affecting “our communities.” Dr. Torres García believes that “El Centro can foster a place for discovering heritage, traditions, cultural awareness, and a diverse educational experience. But we must begin by confronting our enduring legacy of colonization and our nation’s structural inequities with an actionable purpose to lead a transformative change within our own cultures. We also must remember that transformation begins at a personal level. We need to pay attention to our own lives, work, and relationships as a first-place to practice justice and alignment with each other.” 

 According to Dr. Torres García, “Central with its academic focus and student support services has the perfect platform and a unique opportunity, at this time, to lead in Latinx experiences and become the first four years University as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).” 

 “I am thrilled to collaborate with the assistance of all the Wildcats around Ellensburg! Every member of our community holds pieces of the solution, even if we are all engaged in different layers of the work.” She concluded. 



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