Maritay Mendoza Quiroz was born in Red Bluff, CA but raised in Baja California, Mexico and immigrated to the United States six years ago. She is a first generation, immigrant college graduate from Washington State University. Maritay received her B.A in Pre-Law Political Science, B.A. in Foreign Languages, Culture and Race with an additional major in Spanish, a Global Leadership Certificate, and minors in Comparative Ethnic Studies & Anthropology. Daughter of farmworkers, Maritay has a strong passion and dedication to advocate for the immigrant, migrant, farm working, undocumented communities and has served the community for the past six years.
During her undergraduate career Maritay was part of WSU CAMP, the Multicultural Mentoring Program; the Native American Student Center & the Undocumented Student Center, involved with different student organizations: The Crimson Group, MECHA de WSU, CASHE Conference & APASC.
Maritay strives to create a positive and welcoming environment within the community. As an immigrant first generation, low-income farmworker herself, Maritay understands the need on helping the farm working community. She is passionate to advocate and help farmworkers to obtain access to education, advocating for equitable resources and opportunities for them. Maritay is excited to help future High School Equivalency Program (HEP) students and the farmworker community, a community that for so long has been marginalized and being told “no you can’t” to achieve their academic goals to have better life opportunities.