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Alondra Torres

In the spring of 2019, Alondra Torres learned that she had been fortunate enough to represent not only the Husky class of 2023 but also take part as a CAMP scholar representing the 10th cohort. From the start the CAMP program provide Alondra with a plethora of resources and support, so much so that she was even accepted into a study abroad program her freshman year due to hearing about it in one of the CAMP weekly seminars!

Since taking part in the CAMP program her freshman year Alondra has been hard at work both on and off-campus. Just this last school year she was able to lead as a program facilitator for UW’s Environmental Spring Break Program. As a NASA-funded program, she was motivated to lead a team of university students to create and teach a week-long curriculum centered around environmental education to low-income schools across Washington state. Also, this year she was welcomed back as a lead mentor for the Washington State Office of Superintendent Public Instruction’s Dare to Dream Academy. Here, Alondra assisted in a monthlong program for entering 9th and 10th-grade migrant students learning more about the sciences, math, engineering, and self-development content that built academic identity and confidence in young migrant students.

The CAMP program has been an opportunity that just keeps giving even long after you finish your first year of college. Through the CAMP program’s various resources Alondra was led towards an opportunity that she could not pass. An opportunity to intern in the nation’s capital! An opportunity that she knew would make her immigrant parents proud, getting to represent not only them but many others like her; a first-generation Latina wanting to make a positive impact no matter how big or small. As a D.C intern, Alondra was able to work for the Latino Student Fund which is a PreK-12 advocacy group in the D.C. area that provides academic support for at-risk youth. The organization helps to empower Latino families and to serve as a strong advocate for parents and their children. While a part of the organization Alondra was able to lead their Listo Rapido program; a week-long intensive college preparatory summer program for rising 10th-12th graders that guides college-bound students through the college application process. The experience not only allowed Alondra to work within such a well-established organization but also gave way for her to step out of her comfort zone and travel to a place she has never been, getting to meet people from across the US. This opportunity was one of a kind and one she would never forget.

Currently, Alondra is double majoring in Psychology and Sociology with hopes to become a Psychotherapist in the future. The CAMP program has been such a pivotal piece in Alondra’s college career that she plans to continue working with them as an administrative intern for the upcoming school year.

Giovanni ‘Gio’ Perez

Giovanni Perez, who likes to go by Gio, is from Yakima, Washington and was a part of cohort 10. For his first year at UW, he was stoked and nervous for what was to come. He had some college experience doing the Running Start program at Yakima Valley College which made the transition easier, however, the academic rigor took time to get adjusted to. Nonetheless, his first year wouldn’t have been as memorable if it weren’t for the CAMP program. CAMP provided him a network of other students who come from similar backgrounds and have a goal to succeed academically. As a result, it made it much easier to find a social network that he could relate to since he had a hard time connecting with students who didn’t understand what it meant to have parents working in the agricultural field. The CAMP staff also guided Gio when he struggled the most in his first quarter. He failed his first ever class (BIOL 180) in academia and it made him feel like wasn’t meant to be at UW. The CAMP staff and mentors helped him understand that failing is sometimes inevitable at such a rigorous institution and they motivated him to push through the class and pointed him toward resources for help. Gio was able to slowly succeed in his first year and it made him understand how failing was something that he needed to experience in his life. In his second year, he was a CAMP mentor since he valued his interactions with his own CAMP mentor his first year and wanted to provide that experience to other students. CAMP also notified him of job opportunities and internships that many other UW students weren’t aware of. As a result, he is now a First-Year Network Leader for Latino/a/x individuals for the First-Year Program. He was also able to do an internship for a biotech company in Seattle called CorneaGen. The company’s mission is to provide the best products, service, and knowledge for the needs of corneal surgeons. He works with the distribution team which works on the logistics and distribution of donated corneal tissue for its use in corneal transplants. This opportunity has made him consider other careers in healthcare such as working as a lab scientist or administrator for a biotech company. It has also provided him with a great network of people who have years of professional experience in the biotech sector. He will continue to be working for CorneaGen through the academic school year and is excited to take on more responsibility and gain more professional experience. Thus, CAMP has continued to be a major part of his success and is extremely grateful for the staff and mentors who continuously work hard to provide resources and networks for their students. Feel free to connect with him on LinkedIn as he’s always willing to help students out.

Rosa Carballo

While many freshman students were eager to wrap up their first year of college during Spring quarter, Rosa Carballo, a former CAMP student, was submitting an internship application she did not know would change her life.

“So far one of the biggest highlights in college was when  I received a phone call saying “Hey guess what! You got accepted into the internship!” I told myself, Wow! I am going to DC.” – Rosa Carballo

Carballo vividly recalled being at the Suzzallo library when she received a phone call from Luz Iniguez, former director of CAMP , informing her that she had been accepted to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) in Washington DC. CHCI is a non-profit and non-partisan organization that provides leadership development programs and educational services to young emerging Latino leaders in the United States. This internship is nationwide and Carballo was the only student from the State of Washington to have this opportunity.

Carballo is a Sophomore at the University of Washington with an intended major in Political Science and Law Societies & Justice. She is from Kennewick, Washington and her parents are from Nayarit, Mexico. She is proud to represent her roots at UW as she is the first in her family to attend a four year university.  

Carballo’s biggest motivator is her mother. Growing up she witnessed the struggle her single mother faced due to economic restraints and structural vulnerability. Carballo continues to break systemic barriers and excel in her academics.

Applying to this internship in DC was a big step for Carballo because she knew it would be the stepping stone to use her voice to advocate for her community.

“One of my career goals is definitely to  advocate on behalf of my community, and I’m not exactly sure on how I would like to do that. I definitely have aspirations of becoming an immigration lawyer”

During this twelve- week internship Carballo was placed in the Office of Migrant Education on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, where she joined weekly professional development meetings. This experience taught her about the process of policymaking and gave her a lens of what it would be like to work in a congressional office or federal agency.

During this internship, Carballo learned that there was a lack of representation of Hispanics in Capitol Hill in D.C. Despite these circumstances, Carballo did not feel discouraged by the lack of representation, instead she felt powerful.

“Being near the Capitol and the government institutions, there definitely was a lack of diversity. Honestly, it was empowering! Because I told myself, “You know what? I’m here. And there’s not a lot of representation, but I’m going to make sure that I make my voice heard”.”

Carballo participated in a congressional hearing where she was able to share her story as a youth farm worker to help advocate on a bill to expand heat protection for farmworkers.

“I feel like I learned that, hey, your story really matters. And it’s so powerful, so you should use it, you should tell people about it. And so that really empowered me to tell my story”.

 CHCI was not only a place for growth for Carballo but it also ignited her passion for lobbying. Coming back from this internship Carballo continued to be involved in the Olympia State Capitol.

 Carballo continues to advocate for undocumented farm workers and she would like to be a part of a bill that helps to expand citizenship opportunities to farm workers.

“ I feel that it’s very important to provide citizenship because farm workers really do feed the entire nation. There’s always so much fear in the fields.”

 Carballo is also passionate about immigrant rights and continues to be in the loop on bills that are affecting the Latino / Hispanic community. “This past quarter, I had been lobbying on behalf of a bill that essentially banned private prisons here in Washington State, aimed at shutting down the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma Washington.

Unfortunately it failed”, says Carballo.

“You just have to keep trying to pass this bill because it’s going to make an impact.”

Carballo is grateful that she applied to this internship and was thankful for Luz Iniguez, who helped her with the application process and never stopped believing in her.

“I didn’t believe in myself to begin with, Luz believed in me, everyone else believed me, but I just didn’t believe in myself. And because I would always just psych myself out and be like, no, ‘I’m not going to get accepted.’ But honestly, it is important to  just apply because you never know”