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Todos United seniors attend minority-focused, higher education programs at WSU and UW

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Todos United members Kayla Farias-Negrete, Santiago Jimenez and Ariana Cortez attended the CASHE Conference at Washington State University and were accepted to attend WSU in 2018. (Photo courtesy of Dia Galvan)

Todos United club members from Chelan High School attended the Children of Aztlan Sharing Higher Education (CASHE) Conference at Washington State University (WSU) on Nov. 10-12, 2017.

CASHE is a student-led, leadership conference that targets students of Latino descent. This annual event on the Pullman campus intends to foster and address the needs of higher education amongst the Latino Community while fostering leadership development for current WSU students.

During their visit, Todos United members were put into groups with two current WSU students as Leaders. Students had the opportunity to tour the campus, eat a the dinning centers, and meet WSU staff and students. They attended multiple workshops where they learned about Admissions, Financial Aid, CAMP, TRiO, Smart Start, and LSAMP among other programs.

The students learned about different opportunities and scholarships available to minority and undocumented students. Most importantly, they made connections and learned that there is a group of people at WSU willing to help support and help them navigate their academic journey. 

Todos Unitied members Lupe Galvan and Javier Torres attended the iDUB Conference in October at the University of Washington. (Photo courtesy of Lupe Galvan)

On Sunday, Nov. 12, a banquet was held to announce the students that had been accepted for Early Admissions. Kayla Farias-Negrete, Ariana Cortez, and Santiago Jimenez area three students from CHS that were admitted to WSU for Fall of 2018.

In addition, CHS Todos United members Lupe Galvan and Javier Torres attended the iDUB Conference in late October 2017 at the University of Washington (UW).

iDUB is an event for minority (African American, Latina/o, Pacific Islander, Southeast Asian, and American Indian & Alaska Native) or first generation high school seniors  who are interested in attending the University of Washington. The iDUB event took students on a tour of the University of Washington and included an admissions presentation in addition to other workshops. Participants also had the opportunity to learn more from current students, Alumni, and UW professional staff members.

Todos United members Javier Torres and Lupe Galvan of Chelan High School attended the University of Washington iDUB conference in October 2017. (Photo courtesy of Lupe Galvan)

About Todos United at Chelan High School

Todos United is a new club at Chelan High School. Its mission is to promote cultural awareness by incorporating traditional aspects of the Mexican culture at CHS and in the community.

Some of the activities Todos United is involved with include:

  • Decorating the high school hallway with papel picado for Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Painting faces for Dia de los Muertos
  • Bringing Mariachi Huenachi to perform for both CMS/CHS for Cinco de Mayo
  • Participating in the first Cinco de Mayo Parade in Chelan
  • Inviting high school students and staff to the Mariachi Northwest Festival.
  • Providing Todos United students with transportation and opportunities to participate in conferences across the state that advocate for minority students and help them make connections
  • Helping students learn about resources available for minority students at different colleges and universities.

(By Christine Eagar, as reported by Dia Galvan)

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