IDEA Changemaker Fellows

VICKY MATEY MENDOZA: Undocumented, loud and proud

 

MARIA JOSE PALACIOS FIGUEROA: Beyond Language

Maria José is a recent alumna of WWU with a major in Spanish and double minoring in Linguistics and Latin American Studies. While at Western, she was a facilitator for Western’s Employee Language Program, a tutor in the Modern and… Continue Reading →

STEVEN SIMMONS: Re-entry program at community colleges

A senior in Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies’ Upside Down Program with a minor in law, diversity and justice. While working on his associate degree at Skagit Valley College, Simmons helped build a re-entry program for students who had been… Continue Reading →

PHIL SWISHER: Increasing energy efficiency

Senior majoring in electrical engineering and raised in a family that made energy efficiency a priority (Swisher’s father Joel directs Western’s Institute for Energy Studies). But as a college student, he has discovered that it’s extremely difficult to commit to… Continue Reading →

HUGO SANCHEZ: Compensating students of color for their work

Senior in Marketing with minors in Entrepreneurship and Innovation as well as Education and Social Justice Sanchez grew up in Lake Chelan, where at the time very few Latinxs went on to pursue higher education. Now, his goal is to… Continue Reading →

STEPHANIE ARROYO: Tumbao- fitness for womxn of color by womxn of color

Senior in kinesiology with minors in sport psychology and Spanish. She also works as a personal trainer at the Student Recreation Center. Arroyo, who is contemplating a career in naturopathic medicine, wants to inspire more women of color to adopt… Continue Reading →

JUAN GALVEZ: Mariachi music and community

Senior double-majoring in sociology and Spanish and a leader of Mariachi Bahía Azul de Western Washington University. Mariachi made up the soundtrack of Galvez’s childhood in Michoacán, Mexico, but it was only recently that he realized how powerful the songs… Continue Reading →

GWEN LARNED: Trashy Radical

Gwen Larned is in her 4th year as the Zero Waste Coordinator for Western Washington University. She is a senior studying Business and Sustainability with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Gwen works to help Western reduce the amount of… Continue Reading →

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