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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.
Carolina Gonzalez is a first-generation, Mexican-American raised in the small town of Somerton, Arizona. Majoring in Forensic science with a minor in pharmacology and toxicology, Carolina is striving to be the first in the family to graduate from University. As the oldest child and grandchild of her family, she aims to be an example for her younger brother and cousins to follow. As a peer mentor, Carolina’s goal is to be able to support and guide the next cohort of students through their first year of college. She will do her best to help incoming CAMP Scholars with their academic success.
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 therefore bilingual since he grew up speaking Spanish and learning English while attending school. Jose is a first-generation student at ASU and is a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Due to great experiences as a CAMP Scholar and CAMP Peer Mentor, he is ready to help incoming CAMP Scholars succeed at ASU by providing guidance and support through tutoring.