Thursday, March 22, 2018

Eric Martinez, MBA Candidate

Program Advisor/Coordinator – Upward Bound


Eric grew up in a rural town of 35,000 people and heavily populated by Hispanics. He graduated from Garden City High School in Southwest Kansas with a goal to work with Hispanic families. While in high school he served as class Vice-President for two years as a Junior and Senior year. He was strongly involved as an individual within his community and the schools as well. This involvement carried on as he moved to college.

Eric is attending California Southern University as he completed an MBA program.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas in Psychology. During that time he was a strong active member in Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity Incorporated. He served as chapter Member Educator and an active member. Eric helped develop a Latino-based Greek council on campus and served as the first full-term President. During his years there he was also active in Hispanic Association Leadership Organization (HALO). Eric had the opportunity to participate in the McNair Scholars Programs as he conducted research projects and did formal presentation for his results.

Eric worked as a Mentor/Resident Assistant for the Harvest of Hope Leadership Academy summer camp at The University of Kansas. This is where he gained experienced working with Hispanic youth including undocumented students. Next, Eric worked two years as a Case Manager for Wyandot Mental Health allowing him to learn more about the Kansas City Area.

Eric has been with LULAC National Educational Service Centers – Kansas City since the summer of 2012 and has worked as a recruiter and data collector for the “More than a Dream” program.  He feels that working for this program has strengthened his passion to work with Hispanic youth in the community.  He hopes to change the way youth handle changes at their early ages to help them make healthier decisions for a better future.  Eric continues to work towards becoming successful in his work by impacting the future outcomes of youth.