Rebecca Salinas-Oliveros

My family migrated to Oregon from Mexico and Texas over 50 years ago to build a better life. As a daughter of migrant workers with experience working hard long days in the fields, I will never forget my roots and the sacrifices my family made. Now, as a wife and mother, I continue to establish roots for my family in Monmouth.

My parents both earned their GED. Subsequently, my mother completed a work-based program and was hired by Salem Hospital where she has been a Unit Clerk for more than 40 years. I am a second generation American and the first woman in my family to go to college. I earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Oregon State University in 1995 and a Master’s Degree from Portland State University in 2000.

My father taught me the importance of creating strong ties to community, as I observed him bringing joy to so many people as a musician in his Tex-Mex band. I can still remember the last dance where he performed before he passed in September 2001. My parents and grandparents instilled in me the value of hard work, the importance of family, and the gift of believing that anything is possible. I currently devote myself to my most important job, which is being a mother.

I am honored to be employed by Chemeketa Community College, a Hispanic Serving Institution. I love my job! I have the opportunity to help students determine career paths, and to coach students to recognize their strengths and what they can offer the world. Through connections I have fostered with area professionals and internship development, students have earned positions at companies such as, Boeing, GK Machine, Intel and various career technical organizations. I have over 20 years of experience working with diverse populations from all backgrounds, ages, genders, gender identification, sexual orientation and political affiliations. Though I love Chemeketa, I will never forget my time working at Western Oregon University in the Student Enrichment Program from 1995-2000. WOU and Monmouth have a special place in my heart.

People come to Monmouth and choose to establish roots here in order to build a better life for their families, much like what my parents did for me. I have lived in the Monmouth/Independence community for over 20 years, and know It is a place where all can thrive. Regardless of our differences, we share many of the same hopes and dreams; and I look forward to working together to strengthen and unite the Monmouth community. add another page.

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