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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”

Adriana Perrusquia

“My name is Adriana Perrusquia and I’m a Senior studying Business Administration with a focus in Marketing. I’m Yup’ik, an Alaska Native from Southwest Alaska. I’ve grown up in Alaska, Mexico, and Washington. CAMP was my biggest support system during my first year. They were able to provide information on resources that were crucial, both academically and personally, throughout the year. The staff and advisers were always willing to help with any questions I had in when I wasn’t doing as well as I’d like in a class. They also pointed me to important mental health resources on campus as the amount of stress can take a toll. I’m involved in First Nations, an American Indian/Alaska Native student group, as the current Chairwoman. I also presented at the Tribal Leadership Summit and spoke about issues of mental health to the tribal chairs around the state, as well as to UW President Ana Marie Cauce and OMA&D Vice President Ricky Hall. This prompted follow up conversations with UW Counseling Center and UW Health and Wellness in an effort to combat mental health issues facing the community. I’ve also been involved in Unidas Seremos and the Association of Latino Professionals for America.” –Adriana Perrusquia

Brisel Acuña

“ I have been involved with CAMP since my sophomore year in high school. I came for a program called Dare To Dream, and I fell in love with the University of Washington. I was in awe of the staff, environment, and opportunities.  I come from a community with a low migrant/Latinx population. I was the only Latina student in my classes, only Latina involved in ASB and other activities. Coming to the University of Washington, I was expecting to find a new diverse community and that thought thrilled me. I was excited to meet other people like me. That is was drew me to CAMP. I was grateful for the culture the staff portrays as educational leaders. I was not used to being heard or thought of as important, but CAMP always makes me feel like I matter. CAMP became my ally in this new chapter of my life.  CAMP has given me the support and nourishment I needed to succeed my first year at UW. They gave me academic advice, personal advice, and tools to make my own decisions. Even now that I am no longer the targeted cohort, CAMP still gives me opportunities I would have never had. I want to thank all the CAMP staff, current, and past. Thank you for allowing me to grow and find a family at the University of Washington.”–Brisel Acuña