Griselda Guevara-Cruz ’11
Griselda Guevara-Cruz ’11 describes her career as investing in others and “serving with humility.” She is currently a supervisor for the Migrant Education Student Event Program at the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, where she also serves as a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion internal training facilitator.
In her spare time, Guevara-Cruz sits on the Board of Directors for various organizations including Fuerza Migrante, Texas Exes Puget Sound Chapter and is the Chair of Communities of Color Coalition. She also volunteers as an application reviewer for leadership programs at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute—a top fellowship program in which she also took part in. The yearlong fellowship provides Latinos leadership and public service opportunities.
Guevara-Cruz was first in her family to attend and graduate from college in 2011. While at Whitman, she studied Spanish (now Hispanic Studies) and sociology—graduating with honors in 2011. She was involved in the Black Student Union, Club Latino and KWCW radio station. She volunteered with Story Time (reading to local schoolchildren) and translated for the Walla Walla County juvenile justice system.
Post-graduation, Guevara-Cruz worked for AmeriCorps as a college and career coach for middle and high schools in the Seattle area—focusing on dropout prevention among low-income and minority students. She earned her Master’s in Mexican-American Studies, with an emphasis on education, at the University of Texas.
Guevara-Cruz advises students and young professionals:
“Be your authentic self, always. Take care of yourself. Go through all experiences with an open heart and an open mind. Be(come) okay with asking for, and accepting, support. No one is self-made … the greatest learning happens in the process. If you’re not happy with an outcome, shift your approach in ways you can—each person has varying proximity to power, privilege and access.”