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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.
Rosario Tirado was born in Villa Union, Sinaloa, Mexico and since the age of twelve she and her family moved to San Luis, Arizona. Rosario is the youngest of her family and the first one to go to a four year university. She is a proud first-generation student as a junior majoring in Spanish and minoring in Secondary Education. As a CAMP Scholar Alumni, Rosario is thrilled to be a Peer Mentor at CAMP and be able to provide support to the next cohort of CAMP Scholars.
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.E in Aerospace Engineering (Astronautics). 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.
Bryan Nance was born in Phoenix, Arizona but spent most of his life in San Luis, Arizona. He is the oldest of three and a first-generation student, and the first in the family to move far from home. He aspires to receive his B.S. in Computer Science Software Engineering to set an example to his younger siblings. As a CAMP Scholar Alumni, Bryan is thrilled to be part of the CAMP team as a Peer Mentor to help provide guidance to the next cohort of CAMP Scholars in achieving their goals.
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.
Diana Sofia Espinoza is originally from Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico, but lived most of her teenage years in a small town in Arizona called Dateland. Without any knowledge of English, Diana has demonstrated overcoming the language barrier and pursuing a higher education. She is a First Generation migrant student majoring in Health Entrepreneurship and Innovation, B.S with a minor in Global Health. She aspires to assist her community by bringing new ideas, as well as technology, to keep improving people’s health around the whole world. Diana is delighted to welcome our next CAMP cohort, and become a support system that students can use to achieve their goals.