PORTLAND – Claudia Garcia has been named the new director of multicultural programs for the Linfield College Portland Campus. "I'm honored and very excited to be a new member of the Linfield family,” Garcia said. “My personal goal is to assure that I assist in making every student’s educational experience a positive one.” The multicultural programs office supports students from groups historically underrepresented in the health care professions, and offers services to address academic, social, emotional and financial needs of students. As part of her role, Garcia will oversee the successful peer mentoring program, Ayudando Podemos, at the Portland Campus. Ayudando Podemos translates into Helping We Can, and was named by students after its development in 2004. Ayudando Podemos offers Linfield students services to help them succeed in the nursing curriculum. Resources include note-takers, content reviews, expanded orientations, individual case management, scholarships and stipends. Garcia is a graduate of Oregon State University and comes to Linfield with more than seven years of experience advocating for minority youth and their families within the educational system. Most recently, she served as an intensive case manager for at-risk Latino youth at El Programa Hispano, a local Portland community-based organization. For more information on Garcia and Linfield’s multicultural support services for nursing and pre-nursing students, visit www.linfield.edu/portland.