Liubitza Mendoza Aquazul
Liubitza Mendoza Aguazul is a senior at Eastern Kentucky University where she is double majoring in Elementary Education and Spanish. She is 20 years old and was born in Ixmiquilpan Hidalgo, Mexico. She is interested in being involved with the Latino community and working with children from different backgrounds. During the Spring semester of 2017, she had the opportunity to coordinate Actividades Bilingües, a volunteer tutoring program at the Madison County Public Library that offers multiple services to the community. During the summer, she worked with children in a short trip in the southern part of Mexico in the state of Chiapas. On her return to the United States, she began to prepare her third Vacation Bible School at Centro Cristiano Bethel. From all of her experiences, she learned the value leadership, hard work, efficiency, and the importance of communication. Currently, she is a member of the Latino Student Association and works as a Spanish tutor at the Bobby Verdugo LCUH Bilingual Peer Mentoring & Tutoring Center. She loves to spend time with family and, when she is not busy, she enjoys playing soccer with her friends.
My name is Tiana Caudill and I am from Stanford, Kentucky, and I graduated from Lincoln County High School in May 2017. While I was in school, I did shotput and discus from 8th grade to junior year. I am currently majoring in nursing at EKU and after graduation, I plan on moving to Lexington and becoming a neonatal nurse at the UK hospital to help babies survive. I’m excited to see what EKU has in store for me over the next 3 years of my life.
Rebecca is a double major with Spanish and Social Justice Studies and she is in her last year of undergraduate studies at EKU. She has been on the Dean’s List for a consecutive 3 years and a holder of the Dr. Rodney Gross Scholarship and the Diversity Scholarship. Rebecca has translating experience with the Walt Disney World Company, Madison County Public Library, and also with Franklin County High School. She serves as a Nutrition Coach for clients at Inside Out Nutrition and also works with the Kentucky Center for School Safety. Rebecca plans to pursue her Masters of Public Administration at the University of Kentucky or EKU after graduation in May 2018.
My name is Latrell Floyd and I am a graduating senior here at Eastern Kentucky University. I am from Bardstown, Kentucky where I am the oldest out of four boys. I am majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in Journalism. Following graduation in December, I plan on coming back to Eastern to begin my Master's. One of my favorite things is getting involved and doing new things, and I enjoy helping people out. I aspire to be the host of my own syndicated television show 15 years from now.
My name is Amadi M. Ford-Trowell. I was born in Kentucky before moving to Illinois. After a few years, my family moved back and I graduated from Male High School in Louisville in May of 2014. I went to Kentucky State University before transferring to EKU, where I am pursuing my Bachelor of Science in Network Security & Electronics. I’m currently a senior and I’m on the Track and Field Team, where I run the 100, 200, 400, 4x100, and the 4x400 races. My goal in life is to be able to provide for myself and to make my parents proud.
Raven Garcia is a junior and is currently studying Family Consumer Science Education and Spanish. She graduated from Randall K. Cooper High School in May of 2015 and has continued her education at Eastern Kentucky University. Raven is Mexican-American and is an active member in the Latino Student Association, Rodney Gross Scholars, and University Diversity Scholars. She is also a Resident Advisor and Community Receptionist. After graduating, Raven would like to work with Teach for America and with under-privileged children.
Jennifer Paxtle Granjeno
Jeniffer Paxtle Granjeno grew up in Mexico and graduated from Gallatin County High School. She is a senior at Eastern Kentucky University where she is majoring in Mathematics and Spanish. She is currently a member and Treasurer of the Latino Student Association, and has been a member of the Honors Program since Freshman year. In the summer of 2016, Jeniffer had the opportunity to study abroad in Ecuador, where she learned about indigenous communities and Ecuadorian culture. The same year she had the opportunity to present “Redefining America: Carving Out a Space for Immigrant Identity Politics in the Honors Classroom, Who am I? Who are you?” at the National Collegiate Honors Council. Jeniffer is also a member of Centro Cristiano Bethel Church, where she has served as the drummer for the worship group for five years. After graduation, Jeniffer plans to go to Grad School to pursue a Master's degree in Mathematics, become a professor, and work with the Latino Community.
My name is Dylan Hanshaw and I am a sophomore student at Eastern Kentucky University, currently studying Criminal Justice. I am from Ashland KY and I went to Boyd County High School. On campus, I am involved in a pool league and the rock climbing team. My interests are working out, hiking, scuba diving, playing pool, rock climbing, rappelling, and just anything that catches my eye. I am a very determined and motivated student, and after college, I hope to get accepted into the Lexington Police Department, then go to their Police Academy. After that I would like to do the basic two to three years of patrol and then get into SWAT. Shortly after that I would like to get into the Deputy U.S. Marshall Service.
I am working toward my Bachelor’s degree in general Psychology with a minor in music. I hope to become either a mental health counselor or a music therapist in the future, but I plan to take a year off school to focus on myself and my life situation before advancing to graduate school. Currently, I am an academic consultant at the Noel Studio, and I work at Meijer.
My name is London Nelson and I am from Louisville, Kentucky. I graduated from Central High School in 2016 and I am now a sophomore, criminal justice major here at Eastern Kentucky University. I am a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Lambda Delta National Honors Society, and a mentor for the Freshman Academy for Diverse Students. After graduating from Eastern Kentucky with my Bachelor’s degree, I plan to return to Louisville and attend the Brandeis School of Law. Diversity is very important to me because, as a society, we are in a pivotal time in our lives where we must stand together for the greater good of our country. In the classroom, in our careers, and throughout life itself, it is important to remember that we are all one and must spread diversity in every way that we can.
Ivan Olivas is currently a junior, and plans to graduate in December of 2019. He is pursuing a double major in Computer Network Security and Electronics, and Spanish language. Olivas is deeply passionate about helping others and traveling. He previously served as President of the Latino Student Association and is currently a peer mentor for the Freshman Academy for diverse students and is also an Honors Program student. Due to multiple university and national scholarships, Olivas was able to spend a summer in Buenos Aires, Argentina studying Advanced Spanish. After his amazing experience, it encouraged him to study abroad again, which he plans to do during the Fall of 2018 in Mexico, his parents' home country. In his free time, Olivas loves to play soccer, exercise, and spend time with his family.
My name is Diamond Richards and I am a Senior graduating in December. My major is Criminal Justice and I have a double minor in African/African-American Studies and Police Studies. After earning my Bachelor’s Degree, I plan on attending Eastern in the upcoming spring semester to pursue a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Someday, I would like to earn a Doctorate, as well. I enjoy painting and hanging out with my friends during my free time. I serve as a Lead Guru and the Liaison Officer for the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs in the Student Success Center. I participate in campus organizations, including Black Student Union, Minority Collegiate Connects, Freshman Academy for Diverse Students, and Eastern Open Mic, and I am also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, INC.