Azucena Morales Santos

My favorite spot to study on campus is the third floor of Miller because I can see my Hispanic studies professors and soak up the sunlight that hits from the window.

Azucena Morales Santos BA ?24

Pronouns

she/her

Degree and Class Year

BA ’24

Hometown

Hillsboro Oregon, but my roots are from Juxtlahuaca, Oaxaca, Mexico

Major

Hispanic Studies, Sociology and Anthropology (double)

Extracurriculars

Copresident for Gente Latina Unida, office assistant for Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement, mentor for Great Expectations, Pamplin fellow, Race Monologues coordinator for the 17th Annual Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies

Overseas study

Merida, Mexico, spring 2023

What three words would you use to describe L&C?

Small, Beautiful, Improving

What made you want to come to Lewis & Clark?

The financial aid package! It was also the programs at L&C such as the Great Expectations mentorship program for first-year students who are BIPOC and/or first-generation college students and the Xplore program for incoming students from underrepresented backgrounds who are interested in STEM.

Where do you find community on campus?

I found my community at the Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement office, at Gente Latina Unida events, and at the Race Monologues during the Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies! I am so grateful for the long-lasting friendships I’ve made in those spaces.

If you have studied or will study overseas while at Lewis & Clark, how did you choose your program?

I am going to study abroad in Merida, Mexico! I am so excited for the opportunity to study abroad and enhance my Spanish-speaking skills and my understanding of global issues and perspectives.

What’s your favorite spot on campus?

My favorite spot to study on campus is the third floor of Miller because I can see my Hispanic studies professors and soak up the sunlight that hits from the window.

What have been the biggest challenges you have faced at Lewis & Clark?

The biggest challenge I faced in my first year at L&C was feeling homesick during my first week. I would call my mom, crying. With the help of L&C staff, and the support of my fellow Xplore members, I overcame those feelings and have enjoyed my time here.

What’s your best Lewis & Clark memory so far?

My best memory at L&C was presenting my monologue at the Race Monologues event during the Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies in the fall of 2021. I will not forget feeling like I was where I needed to be at that exact moment surrounded by fellow BIPOC friends.

Why did you choose to do the Xplore program? What was the best thing about the Xplore program?

I chose the Xplore Program because I felt that it would equip me with the support and tools I needed to succeed in my first year in college. I wanted to surround myself with fellow BIPOC and/or first-gen students. Looking back, my Xplore peeps kept me going.