Miranda Caba Solano

Here at Lewis & Clark, you’re gonna get to know a lot of people on campus and you’ll never be alone.

Miranda Caba Solano BA '27



Degree and Class Year

BA ’27


Caguas, Puerto Rico


Studio Art


Hispanic Studies


Cheer and Step, Gente Latina Unida (GLU), and Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement (IME)

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

Open Arms, Diverse, Unique

What’s your favorite class? Why?

My favorite class has to be Digital Media with Professor Dann Disciglio. Digital Media taught me that art in general does not have a definition. We learn that art expresses and evokes is in part ineffable, we find it difficult to define and delineate it. Also, how AI has evolved and developed nowadays in our society. It changed my perspective of what art truly is.

What do you like or find most interesting about your major?

I find it interesting that I appreciate the way digital media has broadened my understanding of art and creativity. And learning about the ineffable nature of art and its connection to AI has enriched my perspective and deepened my passion for artistic expression within my studio art major.

What do you like or find most interesting about your minor?

My passion for sharing my language and culture as a Puerto Rican through my minor in Hispanic studies is commendable. What stands out is my desire to help others learn the language and understand my heritage. The opportunity to connect with others and foster cultural exchange through teaching Spanish is a valuable and enriching aspect of my minor.

What made you want to come to Lewis & Clark?

The Posse Foundation played a significant role in my decision to come to Lewis & Clark. The values of diversity and community development that Posse promotes resonated with me, and the unique and diverse environment at Lewis & Clark College further attracted me. It’s a miracle that I was chosen as one of the scholars and that I am now able to pursue my education at a place that aligns with my values and aspirations. Having a supportive community like my Posse is incredibly valuable in my college journey. I appreciate the opportunity and the experiences that I have come in my way.

How would you describe sustainability at L&C?

I would describe L&C sustainability as environmental and social.

What’s your involvement with any sustainability initiatives on campus? What’s the best part of your experience?

As a student at L&C, I am interested in learning more about sustainability initiatives on campus. While I have not been directly involved in any sustainability projects, I am passionate about the environment and believe that it is important for institutions of higher education to prioritize sustainability.

What should incoming students know about sustainability at L&C?

Incoming students should know about offers courses and programs related to sustainability, environmental science, and renewable energy, providing students with the knowledge and skills to become leaders in sustainability.

How does sustainability prepare students for life after L&C?

It prepares students by exploring complex sustainability issues, students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills that can be applied to a wide range of challenges they may face in their personal and professional lives. 

How do you describe the liberal arts?

Describing it, it challenges you to consider not only how to find the key but also teaches you to ask which problems to resolve and why, preparing you for positions of leadership and a life of service to the nation and all humanity.

What advice do you have for incoming students?

Be nice to everyone you meet, even people you don’t really like. This is so obvious that we often forget to do it. Everybody has their own problems and everybody wants to be treated with respect. Something as simple as holding the door for someone or saying hello can single handedly make someone’s day better. You’d be surprised how far common civility can take you in life.

Who is your mentor on campus? Why?

My mentor on campus is Professor Joel Martinez. Before coming here to campus, Joel always gave me the help and support that I needed since day one. Coming here was a big challenge, but he is always there for me. Even if I was struggling in a class or having a situation, he is always there to help me and help others too. He is an awesome mentor and he is an adventurous guy.

What’s one of the best spots on campus?

One of the best spots on campus to relax and enjoy the day is near the Reflecting  Pool. I get to have a blanket and lay down in the grass, hear music, and most importantly enjoy my snacks. It is a relaxing place where you can be with your friends and enjoy the day, especially when the sun sets.

What’s your favorite thing about living in Portland?

My favorite thing about living in Portland is how diverse and vibrant the city is. And there’s a lot of local stores where you can go with your friends. Especially there a lot of variety of local foods. I recommend you go to Killer Burgers. It’s so good!

How did you decide on your major?

I decided my major in studio art because I’ve always felt passionate about the arts. I remember when I was little, I took a Sharpie marker and started making drawings all over the walls, the fridge, and the oven. My parents, at the time, were so mad but then they realized that’s how I started as an artist. As I grew older I kept improving my skills and abilities by drawing, painting, and crafting. And now, I have learned what art really means and how my passion keeps growing.

How did you decide on your minor?

I decided to minor in Hispanic studies since Spanish is my first language, I was born and raised in my “Isla del Encanto” Puerto Rico. I always love seeing my people talk in Spanish, and being here at Lewis & Clark I have met a lot of people especially from different parts of Latino America. It brings me joy seeing my Latino community here and getting to learn more about their cultures. It brings me the desire to help others learn the language and understand my heritage. I like the opportunity to connect with others and foster cultural exchange through teaching Spanish.

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

One of the biggest challenges I have faced here at Lewis & Clark is thinking that I was gonna be homesick. Living my life back in my beautiful island and now here in Portland was a strong change, especially not having my family near me. But thanks to my Posse and my community, I am not alone. Here at Lewis & Clark, you’re gonna get to know a lot of people on campus and you’ll never be alone. Through your classes, clubs, activities, etc., you’re gonna meet new people!

What’s one of your best Lewis & Clark memories so far?

One of my best memories here in Lewis & Clark so far is when I first met all of the Posse’s from Washington, D.C. Getting to know them more the closer we got as a family. As a big Posse we became a big group of love and support for each other as a family.

How has Lewis & Clark changed you?

Lewis & Clark changed me before arriving here. During the process of not having my family near me, I learned that even if you don’t have your loved ones near you they always bring you the love and support that they’ve given you since you were little. And it changed me now as a strong independent woman.

How are you involved in the arts at L&C?

I’m involved with arts through submitting unique art pieces, creating my own personal art where I can express my creative freedom, or submitting my work to art competitions. L&C makes it easy for me as an artist to contribute to the school community.

Studio Art Hispanic Studies