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Cascadia Scholars Program

 

Our Mission

Cascadia Scholars Program is targeted to serve and assist historically underrepresented groups at Cascadia College to help students connect to the college and to their educational and career goals.

What Do We Offer?

Cascadia Scholars Program provides mentoring, resources, and support for BIPOC and underserved students. Scholarships are also available for those who qualify as well. The program works with these historically underrepresented groups to help connect educational goals to their academic and career journeys.

  • Mentorship
  • Scholarships
  • Celebrations and More

Who We Are

Staff

Hao Cheng - Cascadia Scholars Program Lead

Hao Cheng

hcheng@cascadia.edu

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Hao was born and raised in China, and he moved to Seattle in 2011 to fulfill his higher education dream as a first-generation, low-income, and marginalized student. He started his career working in higher education in 2013 as a TRIO peer tutor/mentor in college. Hao received his BA in Communication from the University of Washington in 2020. After earning his BA, he served as an AmeriCorps member helping underrepresented students navigate the college process, find resources, and attain their educational and career goals at College Possible, a non-profit educational organization. Hao has been with Cascadia College since August of 2021. In his role as the Cascadia Scholars program lead, he hopes to implement the program for ethnically and racially underrepresented students and help them connect educational goals to their academic and career journeys.

Mentors

Debra Waddell - Communication Studies

Debra Waddell

dwaddell@cascadia.edu

Debra Waddell is a full-time tenured faculty in Communication. She holds a Master’s Degree in Speech Communication with an emphasis on Intercultural Communication from the California State University at Fullerton, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of California at Riverside. Before she came to Cascadia College as full-time faculty, Debra taught a variety of courses such as Public Speaking, Communication for Social Change, Intercultural Communication and Interpersonal Communication at various colleges in our area and in California at California State University San Bernardino, and at California State University Fullerton. Debra has a background in business and industry, has designed and taught Communication for Groups and Teams through Oregon Institute of Technology at Boeing, and has designed and facilitated trainings for Evergreen Hospice on diversity and end-of-life care. In 2019 she was awarded the Cascadia Excellence in Teaching Award for her work with students. Debra values building trust with students through listening and positive, encouraging communication. A member of several professional associations, she has been the Communications Director for the Community College group for the Western States Communication Association. Her areas of academic interest include advocacy, intercultural competence, health communication, and interpersonal conflict. A high energy person, when she is not working with students in the classroom she enjoys life, swimming, hiking, reading, and having fun cooking with friends and family.

Erica Almeda - College and Career Foundations

Erica Almeda

ealmeda@cascadia.edu

Prior to joining Cascadia, Erica was a tenured faculty and Department Chair of the Bridge (Pre-College English) department at Edmonds Community College, where she taught basic skills and developmental English for 12 years. She had also taught at various community colleges in the Seattle and Los Angeles areas. Erica holds a Master of Education in Adult Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology/Biology from Western Washington University.

Fidely Navarro-Lopez - Student Advising & Support Services

Fidely Navarro-Lopez

fnavarro-lopez@cascadia.edu

Fidely was born in Mexico, raised in a few different states before settling in WA. She is a first generation, low-income, marginalized graduate of Cascadia College, and a current Central Washington University student pursuing a bachelors in interdisciplinary studies. For the last 10 years she has gone from student worker to a full-time employee at Cascadia, having worked in different departments, currently she is an academic advisor-guided pathway specialist. Her passion lies in working in higher education, where she believes a pathway to income equality and justice is possible through higher education. When she isn’t helping students, she enjoys spending time with her 8-year-old Terrier mix, Bandit, binging some good television; lots of different genres, and in the summer they both enjoy long walks and hikes in the beautiful PNW.

Srividhya Venkatraman - Mathematics

Srividhya Venkatraman

svenkatraman@cascadia.edu

Srividhya is a tenured Mathematics Professor and has served as a faculty liaison for tutoring and Supplemental learning at the Bock Center. She started her professional life as a Telecommunications Engineer in India and followed her passions of mathematics and teaching for over a decade now, here in Washington State. Srividhya also gives time to coach kids as a part of the North-South foundation and loves to read books, enjoy music, and hike, in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Getachew Eshete - Biology

Getachew Eshete

geshete@cascadia.edu

Getachew Eshete was born in Ethiopia and attended graduate school in California before coming to Washington to teach biology at Cascadia College. He was the first in his family and one of the few from his community to graduate from a university. Getachew taught various courses in biological and environmental sciences at Cascadia and various academic institutions in the US and Ethiopia. Since he has interdisciplinary and international educational background and teaching experience, he thinks that he can easily connect with people of all backgrounds. His special passion is to support marginalized students who have the desire to bring positive change in their lives and communities. He appreciates that many of his educators, families, and friends have supported and shaped his life. Getachew strongly believes that students will be successful, regardless of the challenges they face, when they have the right mentors and friends on top of their perseverance and inquisitiveness for learning. When he is not teaching, Getachew enjoys spending his time walking outdoors and being with his wife and three children.

Kira McBride - Enrollment Services

Kira McBride

kmcbride@cascadia.edu

Kira was born and raised in Washington State. She is a first-generation college graduate from both Cascadia College and the University of Washington Bothell and she studied Business Administration, but decided to pursue a career in higher education. Throughout her time as a student, Kira worked on campus. She started out working as the Vice President of Cascadia Student Government, then a Building Manager at the Activities and Recreation Center, then a Program Coordinator with Cascadia Outreach, to now the Admissions Specialist at Cascadia. Outside of work, Kira loves to read and listen to music.

Satarupa Joardar - Communication, Outreach, and Marketing

Satarupa Joardar

sjoardar@cascadia.edu

Satarupa was born and raised in Calcutta, India, before moving to the US to pursue higher education. She got a Master’s degree in Intercultural Communication and a PhD in Language, Literacy and Culture from the University of Maryland at Baltimore County (UMBC). Satarupa has a multifaceted and diverse background in communication, marketing, media, advertising, account management, professional development, and higher education. She has worked with the University of Maryland at Baltimore County, the U.S. Department of Defense, Google India, and at TESOL International Association. She joined Cascadia College in September 2021 as a Communications Specialist where she writes and creates videos for the college. Her work with various communication platforms and mediums, and media and technical assistance is heightened by her interest of and pursuit in equity and institutional change.

Bryan Fauth - Student Advising & Support Services

Bryan Fauth

bfauth@cascadia.edu

Bryan currently serves as the Director of Accessibility & Student Support Services at Cascadia College. Bryan has been at Cascadia for the past four years. Before moving to Washington, Bryan spent his whole life in the Bay Area. Growing up with a disability and living in near the birthplace of the Disability Rights Movement drove Bryan’s passion for supporting and removing barriers for disabled individuals. For the past decade, Bryan has devoted his career to supporting disabled students in a higher education environment. Bryan spends his free time with his wife and 3 year-old son. If he has a moment to himself, he loves going to the movies and eating a tub of popcorn by himself!

Azizeh Farajallah - Chemistry

afarajallah@cascadia.edu

Dr. Azizeh Farajallah, an immigrant from Palestine, began her education in ESL classes at North Seattle College (NSC). She subsequently gained a Bachelor in Science in 2000, a Master in Science in 2003 and a Ph. D. in Organic Chemistry in 2007 all from the University of Washington. She has taught all levels of Chemistry as an associate faculty at NSC, Everett Community College (EvCC) and Edmonds Community College (ECC). Azizeh worked with the RISE (Research based Interdisciplinary Science Education) program at NSC to bring Interdisciplinary Investigations (IDI) into the lab and classroom. She also served as a mentor to students in STEM. She uses her life story to inspire and guide students. She is committed to using strategies that facilitate student success of diverse groups and help students engage in skill development that goes beyond class, lab and field work.

How Do I Apply?

  • Before you begin your application, please check the Eligibility and Application Deadline below.
  • Eligibility
    • All Cascadia BIPOC and underserved students seeking a degree or certificate are welcome to apply
    • Registered/will be registered for at least 10 credits in the coming or current quarter at Cascadia College
    • GPA 2.0 and above
  • Apply

Quarter of Application

Application Opens

Application Priority Deadline

Application Deadline

Receive Decision

Autumn 2023

March 15, 2023

July 31, 2023

October 14, 2023

November 2023

Spring 2023

January 2, 2023

January 15, 2023

February 1, 2023

February 15, 2023

Maintain Eligibility

Once you are admitted to the program, we would like our scholars to:

  • Meet with your Cascadia Scholars Program mentor at least twice per quarter.
  • Meet with the Cascadia Scholars Program Lead every quarter.
  • Be consistently enrolled (10 credits/quarter).
  • GPA 2.0 and above.

Cascadia Scholars Scholarship

  • Overview: Established in 2021 thanks in part to Ms. Eva Gordon, the Cascadia Scholars award supports underserved and underrepresented students at Cascadia College.
  • The scholarship is for BIPOC and underserved students enrolled in the Cascadia Scholars Program at Cascadia College.
  • Qualifications:
    • Must plan to enroll in 10 or more credits in any quarter you plan to use your scholarship
    • Must have a minimum 2.0 GPA.
    • Students enrolled in the Running Start program for the 2021-22 academic year are not eligible.
  • Start Your Application
  • AWARD INFORMATION & DISBURSEMENT

    • You accept all responsibility for any impact a Cascadia Scholars scholarship award may have on your financial aid package. Cascadia's Financial Aid Office will be informed of your receipt of this award.
    • Scholarship funds are released to student accounts after the last day to drop classes (10th day of the quarter). Your award has been reported to Student Financial Aid and will be credited to your account. However, your award may not be visible in your student account.
    • Cascadia Scholars Scholarship dollars will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.
    • Students can reapply for a second disbursement, however, priority will be given to those who are new to Cascadia Scholars Program (entering Spring term) and have not yet received funds.

Quarter of Application

Application Opens

Application Priority Deadline

Application Deadline

Receive Decision

Autumn 2023

March 15, 2023

July 31, 2023

October 14, 2023

November 2023

Spring 2023

January 2, 2023

January 15, 2023

February 1, 2023

February 15, 2023

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