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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.
Diana is originally from Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico. During middle school her family immigrated to Dateland, Arizona due to her dad's work as a migrant farm worker. Diana has always been ambitious to pursue higher education. Throughout high school, she pursued an associates degree from Arizona Western College. At the completion of high school, she graduated with two degrees, her high school diploma and her associates in Community Health Worker.
Diana is a first-generation college graduate from Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree in Health Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She is also a proud CAMP alumna of the ASU CAMP Scholars Project. She aspires to create a nonprofit organization with the mission to help families from rural communities who are survivors that have experienced domestic violence and sexual assault by providing them free access to health and counseling services.
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.
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.