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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.
Jose Alvarado was born in Salinas, California to immigrant parents from Mexico. He is the oldest of three children in a family who lives in Yuma, Arizona. He grew up in Yuma and learned how to work hard and be respectful through his parents who led by example. As a first-generation student and being the first in his family to leave the city, he aspires to get his B.S. in Earth and Space Exploration (Exploration Systems Design). As a CAMP Scholars Alumni, Jose is excited to serve the CAMP team to the best of his abilities and be able to give support and guidance to the members of the program.
Patricia is a first-generation Hispanic student at Arizona State University. She was raised in San Luis, Arizona and will be an incoming senior this upcoming Fall 2022. She is double majoring in Psychology (BS) and Sociology (BS) and takes part in the ASU Barrett Honors College. She is excited to start her journey with the ASU CAMP Scholars Program this Fall as a Peer Mentor! Patricia feels close to the mission and services this program provides to students and is very grateful to be given the opportunity to be part of it. One of her dreams is being able to give back to her community and she looks forward to the possibilities of doing just that with this position.
Diana Lara Zamora is a first-generation third-year student at Arizona State University, originally from Yuma County. She is seeking a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a double minor in Spanish and Transborder Chicana/o Latina/o Studies. Since she was little, she dreamed of studying for a career where she could serve her community. Diana is committed to her goals and she daily prepares to become ,in the future, one of the best immigration attorneys. In the meantime, she devotes herself to reading and learning a lot about Arizona law and continues to work hard to get good grades to get into law school. For Diana, it is an honor to have the opportunity to receive higher education in a four-year institution. She feels very lucky to have the unconditional support of her mother who encourages her not to give up on her dreams. As a peer mentor, Diana wants to support the next cohort of students in their transition to college while ensuring their well-being and academic success.
Monzerrath Vega is a first-generation Mexican-American from Somerton, Arizona. Majoring in English (Secondary Education) she aspires to be an influential educator for future students in the way her former teachers were for her. As a peer mentor, Monzerrath’s hopes to support the future CAMP scholars and provide the help and guidance they may need to ensure a successful first year.