Angela Winek is a Continuing Lecturer in the Merritt Writing Program, working with undergraduate students in the San Joaquin Valley since 2000 and joining UC Merced faculty in 2008. Her studies on working against hegemony in the college classroom and her experiences as a third generation San Joaquin Valley resident inform her work at UCM. Most recently, Angela worked with UC Merced’s Medical Education Collaborative to lead a team of MWP faculty in developing a first-year composition class with a Pre-Health emphasis. This foundational writing course serves the needs of the SJV Prime+ students, who complete their Bachelor of Science (BS) at UC Merced over four years, and then complete their medical school education with a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree at UC Merced and UCSF-Fresno. Facilitating the development and launch of this first-year writing course designed for future health practitioners is the latest in a series of contributions Angela Winek has made to the UC Merced community. These include co-leading a grant-funded curricular learning community focused on equity, diversity and inclusion in first-year writing classes, leading a program-wide initiative to revise first-year composition course learning outcomes using dynamic criteria mapping, collaborating with the Division of Undergraduate Education to produce and implement the Writing Readiness Review writing placement tool for incoming first-year students, and collaborating with Graduate Division on the development and facilitation of a pedagogical learning community for a NSF-AGEP grant project dedicated to diversifying the professoriate. From 2023-2025, she also serves as co-PI for a cross-campus UCOP professional development grant, focused on inclusion, diversity, equity and access in the classroom.