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EOU wants to reach out to a new market


¿Habla Espanol?

For the Eastern Oregon University Admissions Office, the answer is now yes. 

The university recently hired two bilingual admissions counselors, reflecting a push by Eastern to tap into a growing Hispanic demographic in Eastern Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.

Though EOU has had Spanish-speaking employees before, the new hires come as the university prepares to launch a men’s soccer team next fall, also part of the effort to diversify the school’s student population.

Xavier Romano, EOU vice president for student success, said both the addition of bilingual admissions counselors and men’s soccer come from university leadership asking broader questions about Eastern’s future.

“Without a doubt it’s Eastern Oregon looking at the demographics of the region,” Romano said. “This is all interrelated. There is a rhyme and a reason to it all.”

The vice president, who joined the EOU staff in March, said the hires in admissions are exciting not only because the counselors can connect with Spanish-speaking students and their parents but also because they hail from Eastern Oregon.

Genesis Meaderds, a 2013 graduate of EOU, grew up in La Grande, while Gina Galaviz, a 2010 EOU grad, calls Hermiston her hometown.

“It sends an exciting message that here we have two wonderful products of the region,” Romano said.

Meaderds started last month, and Galaviz joined her this week. Since graduation, Meaderds has been teaching in Spain while Galaviz worked in admissions for Oregon State University. Both are Hispanic and are excited to use their skills to recruit students to attend their alma mater.

“I was looking for a position where I could focus on underrepresented students,” said Galaviz, herself a first generation college graduate.

For the complete story, see Wednesday's edition of The Observer. 


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