Andrew Ayala – The Evergreen State College:
“Education at CIELO”
Abdul Amath – Renton Technical College:
“Library for Minorities & Underrepresented Youth”
Yulisa Morelia – Grays Harbor College
Yulisa Morelia was born in Oaxaca, Mexico and has lived in Grays Harbor since the age of two. She is an Aberdeen High School Alumni. She is the daughter of Guadalupe and Lucina Morelia. Yulisa, is currently attending Grays Harbor College where she serves as the President and former Vice President of the Associated Students of Grays Harbor College. With a 3.87 GPA, 20-year-old Morelia will graduate with her Associates in Pre-Nursing DTA in Spring 2017. She will transfer to the Washington State University College of Nursing in Spokane in the Fall of 2017, where she will work to earn her BSN. Her goal is to become a Nurse Practitioner to help those limited by language barriers and poverty. Over the years, Yulisa has been a leader in her community; volunteering at her local hospital, chairing the Aberdeen food drive, and advocating for students needs throughout her time at GHC.
Hengyu Jonathan Chi – Central Washington University
Jonathan is a graduate student in the mental health counseling program at Central Washington University. Before going to CWU, Jonathan moved from Maryland to study psychology at the University of Washington. He has previously interned at Fullife Care and at the Harborview medical center working for the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration. Jonathan is interested in the impact of environmental factors on our mental health and how to implement cost effective evidence biased treatments outside of the laboratory setting. Currently Jonathan is interning as a therapist at Comprehensive Healthcare as well as performing research on how software that changes the color of computer screens can help with sleep. In his free time Jonathan enjoys hiking, backpacking, whitewater kayaking and sculpting.
Cassandra Otero – Whitman College
“Entering college, I came to feel pride in my Latina identity. I sought out to see how my story and my family’s story contribute to the history of Latinx in the United States. As a result of my personal interest and connection to immigration, I have engaged with immigration and racial justice activism and learned the importance of doing the work that is in front of me. In that spirit, I have collaborated with others to put on events focusing on education and fostering community and solidarity within the Whitman community and the greater Walla Walla community. These events include Club Latinx’s first Día de los Muertos Celebration, and annual Shadow Day. As a member of Borders as Methods (BAM), I have helped organize Whitman’s first ImMigration Week I organized the Jornaleros Screening and Community Discussion Event, and I have also helped organize the second ImMigration Week. In addition to participating in educating the community on current immigration issues, I have sought out to learn about immigration law and approach systemic change through other channels. I have volunteered at Centro Legal de la Raza in Oakland, California and interned at Hernandez Immigration Law in Walla Walla. My goal is to continue working and collaborating with others to enact social change towards racial justice and immigrant rights.”