WALLA WALLA -- Eastern Washington University president Rodolfo Arevalo was in Walla Walla on Thursday to speak with members of the Walla Walla High School Latino Club.
Arevalo met with close to 80 students during the Latino Club's weekly meeting. Arevalo shared stories of his own upbringing and path to higher education, growing up in a migrant farm worker family. He explained how a focus on education helped him make smart choices that put him on a positive path.
Arevalo was born in Edinburg, Texas, the son of migrant workers whose jobs also took them north to Walla Walla and Yakima valleys. For short periods of time, Arevalo's family lived at the Walla Walla Farm Labor Homes.
Arevalo went on to college and earned a doctorate degree, while also being is a first-generation college graduate in his family.
Arevalo encouraged Wa-Hi students to seek higher education, and to consider EWU as an option.
The university reports enrollment of Latino students at EWU has doubled since 2006, the year Arevalo took over leadership.