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Dr. Carlos Vélez-Ibáñez is a well-known applied anthropologist whose fields of expertise include a focus on language and learning of Latino/a populations. A native Arizonan with first-hand experience of working in the fields, he has organized three applied research institutions at 3 different universities and had managed dozens of research and service projects. His administrative experience includes serving as Dean of College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences of the University of California, Riverside, founding director of the Bureau of Applied Research and Anthropology at The University of Arizona, and the founder of the School of Transborder Studies at ASU.
Dr. Szkupinski Quiroga is a child of immigrants, born and raised in the Los Angeles area. The first in her immediate family to attend university, she left California to do graduate work at Johns Hopkins University and a brief stint in the US Public Health Service. She then returned to her home state where she received her doctorate in Medical Anthropology from the joint program of the University of California at San Francisco's Department of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine and Berkeley's Department of Anthropology.
She is an anthropologist with 25 years of applied research experience with immigrant, refugee, farmworker and other marginalized communities and 15 years experience in advising and mentoring students, particularly those who are first-generation, Latino, and working-class.
Victoria Villalba is a daughter of immigrants, born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. As a community leader, she has been involved in education initiatives around the issues of immigration and student access to higher education. She is the first in her family to attend university; Victoria holds a B.A in Transborder Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies and a B.S in Justice Studies from Arizona State University. She holds a degree in Education Policy and Management from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her professional and academic interests include social justice, ethnic studies and student leadership development. Victoria has continued her commitment to serving others with her commitment to educational equity as a member of the CAMP team.
Zujaila Ornelas was born in Tucson, Arizona, but raised in the small town of Nogales, Sonora. Daughter of two immigrants, she straddled two different worlds—one where her parents were born and raised, and one where they built a life together. For Zujaila, being a first generation college student is a salient dimension of her identify. She received her B.A. in Political Science from The University of Arizona and her M.Ed. in Higher Education from Arizona State University. She is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Leadership and Innovation; her research areas include student success and retention, college access, and education equity.
She is passionate about helping students reach their full potential and achieve personal and professional success. As member of the CAMP team, Zujaila is thrilled to support and serve CAMP Scholars in any capacity.
Jesus Ramirez Zepeda was raised in Somerton, Arizona to immigrant parents from Jalisco, Mexico. He is the third of four children in the family who was raised by two hard working parents who taught him family values, ethics and respect. Being a first-generation college student and being the first in the family to move far from home, he aspires to receive his B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering and have his parents’ struggles pay off. As a CAMP Scholar Alumni, Jesus is thrilled to be part of the CAMP team as a Peer Mentor to provide help and guidance to the next cohort of CAMP Scholars in achieving their goals.
Jose Martinez was born in Yuma, Arizona but spent most of his life in San Luis, Arizona which is a border town. He is bicultural and bilingual; he grew up speaking Spanish and learning English while attending school. Jose is a first-generation student at ASU and is a sophomore majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Due to great experiences as a CAMP Scholar, he is ready to help incoming CAMP Scholars succeed at ASU by providing guidance and support.
Rosario Tirado was born in Villa Union, Sinaloa, Mexico. When she was six years old, she and her family moved to San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico. They then moved to San Luis, Arizona at the age of twelve. Rosario is a proud first-generation student at a four-year university; she is a sophomore majoring in Art (Photography) and minoring in Spanish. As a CAMP Scholar Alumni, Rosario is delighted to be a Peer Mentor at CAMP and be able to provide support to the next cohort of CAMP Scholars.
Fernando Sosa was born in El Centro, California but was raised in Somerton, Az. He is the oldest of three and, as a first-generation student, has to set the example for his family. He aspires to obtain a B.S. in Construction Management to help his community grow. As a CAMP Peer Mentor, he will guide and mentor first year migrant students through their first year of college
Erwin Panuco Gamez was born in Yuma, Arizona but has lived most of his life in San Luis, Arizona. He is proud of being from this small border town, where he shares the richness of two cultures–American and Mexican. Erwin is Hispanic and a proud first-generation college student. He is currently majoring in Finance at Arizona State University. Erwin was part of the CAMP Scholars 2018-2019 cohort and is very excited to be part of the Peer Mentor team. As a Peer Mentor, Erwin will do his best to help CAMP Scholars reach their goals, grow as individuals, and he will answer any of their questions they might have.