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Kathya Mendez-Sanchez
Kathya Mendez-Sanchez

Kathya Mendez-Sanchez is a freshman Biology major with a focus in Pre-Dentistry. She comes from the small town of Woodburn, Oregon. She was born to parents who sacrificed much to immigrate to the US; this knowledge has given her the strength to overcome many obstacles and struggles specific to growing up Latina. Kathya has worked to build critical thinking and communication skills, and seeks to use these skills to encourage other Latinos/young people to access higher education and make her community a better place. Furthermore, her encounters with oppression provoked a desire to educate and promote equality in all aspects of her life. She is interested in making a world a better place, and toward this goal, she plans to become an orthodontist who serves a community like hers. Hearing about LSAMP has been one of the best things that had happened to her as a freshman. LSAMP has allowed her to begin exploring research in the dentistry field, along with learning more about her major. Kathya is also a GANAS and a PSU Diversity Scholar. In her free time, she enjoys being around people and helping them succeed.