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College Assistance Migrant Program

CAMP Staff 


 

Director/Faculty

Michael Heim

P: 509-335-7018
E: michael.d.heim@wsu.edu 

Michael has worked to help farmworkers gain access to and be successful in higher education since 2004. A Pullman native and a WSU Alumnus, he has a strong belief that our students are deserving of CAMP's support services. They are resilient while pursuing their academic careers and dedicated to enhancing their lives through education. "It truly is a privilege to serve our CAMP scholars and help them realize their educational goals." He loves soccer, thinks green chile makes most things taste better, likes drinking Mexican Coca-Cola in 500 ml bottles, the color blue, action movies, and hanging out with his family on Friday nights.

Michael has served as a New Director Mentor/Coach for The National HEPCAMP Association and served as an external evaluator for HEP and CAMP projects. He also currently serves as the Chair for The National HEPCAMP Marketing and Communications Committee and on the Historical Committee. He currently teaches the UNIV 104 and UNIV 101 courses for CAMP students at WSU. Part of his historical research related to The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) has been published in the Journal for Migrant Education. Future research includes measuring retention and graduation rates for students who are migrant and/or seasonal farmworkers (MSFW) and evaluating CAMP project effectiveness. He has spoken broadly at conferences regarding student success, approaches to academic coaching, academic advising, and federally funded project management and evaluation. 

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Michael se ha dedicado a ayudar a trabajadores de la industría agrícola a acceder y a tener éxito en la universidad desde el 2004. Nativo de Pullman y graduado de WSU, él tiene la creencia de que nuestros estudiantes merecen el apoyo que se brinda por CAMP. Demuestran un alto nivel de perseverancia y dedicación para mejorar sus vidas por medio de la educación. "Es un verdadero privilegio servir a nuestros estudiantes de CAMP para ayudarlos a realizar sus metas educativas."

Academic Coordinator & Retention Specialist

Cristalina Ramírez

P: 509-335-7649

E: cristalina.ramirez@wsu.edu

Cristalina "Cristal" Ramírez grew up in both Sunnyside and East Wenatchee, Washington. She was also a CAMP scholar in the 2017-2018 school year and graduated in May 2021 with a degree in Sociology with minors in Comparative Ethnic Studies and At-Risk Youth. In addition to working with CAMP, she also works part-time with the Cougar Food Pantry. While she was a student at WSU she participated in the Multicultural Student Services Mentoring Program, ASWSU, MEChA, TRIO, and WSU FirstGen Abroad to Spain/Morocco.

Growing up as a migrant farmworker, Cristalina understands the hardships most agriculture workers endure including the lack of opportunities and obstacles they face. While this experience has deepened her appreciation of her upbringing as a farmworker, it has made her value not only where and how her food reaches the dinner table, but it has made her want to guide students in their own journey of higher education and offer the support she had received as an undergrad.

Cristalina enjoys maintaining genuine relationships, traveling, and experiencing new environments. She also loves binge-watching the latest TV shows, advocating for wildlife, and learning new recipes! 

Recruiter & Outreach Specialist

Position vacant - will be opening in late June 2022 for applications.

P: 509-335-8903
E: wsucamp@wsu.edu

 

Program Coordinator

Elise Zeigler

P: 509-335-5782

E: elise.zeigler@wsu.edu

Elise Zeigler joins the WSU CAMP team from South Georgia. She graduated from Texas A&M University with an educational background in commercial agriculture and soil science. Her advocacy began in 2016 when she volunteered with local organizations to aid underrepresented populations in Georgia. Prior to WSU, Elise worked as the Administrative Assistant at Valdosta State University CAMP. “Being engaged in something bigger than myself has been a motivator throughout my educational and professional career. The goals and continuous efforts of CAMP is a blend of advocacy and being a part of our students’ efforts towards their education achievements.” Outside of the office, Elise enjoys listening to music, watching B-rated movies, learning new recipes, and spending time with her cat.

CAMP Student Employees

CAMP Clerical Assistant

Jenny Pineda

Jenny Pineda

Jenny was born and raised in the Yakima valley. She was also a CAMP scholar in the 2018-2019 school year. She is currently a senior majoring in Sociology with a minor in At-Risk Youth and Human Development. She is determined to work for CAMP or for other programs that help First Generation students navigate higher education after she graduated from WSU this spring.

Clerical Assistant

Erika Uribe

Erika Uribe

Erika was born and raised in Huntington Park, California. When she was ten years old, her family moved to Quincy - which is a small town located in Washington State. She was part of the 2020-2021 CAMP Cohort. Erika is majoring in Spanish Secondary Education with an ELL endorsement. She is determined to become a secondary school teacher and is deeply passionate when it comes to teaching. It makes her so happy to know that someday she will be teaching and helping students. 

Liberal Arts & Sciences Study Hall Lead

Doris Carbajal

Doris Carbajal

Doris E. Carbajal was born and raised in Washington’s Wenatchee area. Doris was also a CAMP scholar in the 2018-2019 school year. She is currently a sophomore and hopes to major in Environmental Science. Doris is currently a mentor in the International Student Peer Mentorship Program and enjoys helping the new international students at WSU. She also likes sleeping and watching Ghost Adventures during her free time.  Doris has always wanted to travel to different countries and hopes to study abroad soon or become wealthy enough to travel wherever and whenever she pleases.

Math & Science Study Hall Lead

Jenny Oronia 

Jenny Oronia was born and raised in Moses Lake. She was part of 2020-2021 CAMP Cohort. Jenny is majoring in Bioengineering. She is determined to make a change in the world and determined to change stereotypes. She loves reading and watching documentaries. She hopes one day to be able to travel the world and learn about many different cultures.

Program Assistant

Sciences Study Hall Tutor

Neida Regis

Neida Regis

Neida Regis was born and raised in the Yakima Valley. She was a part of the 2018-2019CAMP cohort. She has recently got accepted into the WSU College of Nursing program and has completed a Spanish minor as well. She is also part of Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority Inc., where she has been able to grow as a young professional. Neida enjoys spending her free time with her family and can’t wait to finish her schooling to travel to different places.

Writing Study Hall Tutor

Monserrat Contreras

Monserrat Contreras Madrigal was born in Pasco WA, but raised in Michoacán, Mexico. Monserrat was also a CAMP scholar in the 2018-2019 school year. She is currently majoring in Human Development with a minor in Women Studies. Monserrat is also very passionate about Yoga and she hopes that after she graduates, she can focus on becoming a Yoga Therapist. She would like to work with The Yoga Prison Project, whose mission is to reform the criminal justice system from the inside out, creating a more humane effective system for all people involved as they believe that offering support for healing and self-rehabilitation is essential to the intention of creating safer communities. On her free time Monserrat likes to hang out with her friends and family, she likes to dance, write poetry, and sleep. Monserrat shares that it is not school nor her job that it is the hardest, but the path to self-awareness, self-love, and personal growth. A mantra that Monserrat applies to her everyday life is “May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.” This is a Sanskrit prayer that originated in India.

Tutor/Mentor

Math & Science

Itzel Garcia Frias

Itzel Garcia Frias

Itzel Garcia Frias was born and raised in the Yakima Valley. Itzel was a CAMP student in the 2019-2020 cohort. She is a first-generation college student and is currently majoring in Biology pursuing a pre-dental track. She hopes to one day accomplish her goals to graduate from dental school and become a dentist so that she is able to provide affordable dental care to people in low-income families as well as participating in missionin third world countries to assist them in their dental health care. During her free time, she likes to hang out and catch up with friends as well as enjoying her alone time watching her favorites tv shows such as Vampire Diaries. She also enjoys listening to music, singingand dancingespecially to cumbias.

Student Engagement Coordinator

Maritay Mendoza Quiroz

Maritay Mendoza-Quiroz

Maritay Mendoza Quiroz was born in Red Bluff, CA, but raised for 17 years in Baja California, MX. She moved to the states five (5) years ago. Maritay was a CAMP student in the 2019-2020 cohort. She is currently pursuing a dual degree in Pre-Law Political Science and Foreign Languages: Spanish with a double minor in Comparative Ethnic Studies and Anthropology. Maritay loves to be around people and involved with different organizations. She has been involved with MECHA de WSU as PR and Social Chair, the Crimson Group as a Co-chair, CASHE Conference Co-chair, and mentor for the Native American Student Center. Maritay likes to sing during her free, paint, and spend quality time with her friends. She hopes to accomplish all of her goals/dreams such as travel to different places, as well as becoming an immigration lawyer, or work for a non-profit to support the immigrant community. 

Student Engagement Coordinator

Liliana Tapia-Madrigal

Liliana Tapia-Madrigal 

Liliana Tapia-Madrigal, was born in Mount Vernon WA, but raised in Sedro Woolley, WA. She is a first generation college student and was a part of the 2020-2021 CAMP Cohort. In CAMP, Liliana had the opportunity to be the Chilastal rep for her cohort, where she helped host events for Farmworkers Awareness Week. One of her best traits is that she loves helping her community. She shows this love by advocating through leadership positions, such as: Team lead for the CASHE conference, active member of the Cabinet for WSU MECHA, a member of the Pre-nursing Club, and Mentor for the Chicanx/Latinx Student Center. This CAMP scholar is pursuing a major in Nursing with a minor in Spanish and Human Development. She hopes to one day be a midwife, advocate for women's general health by obtaining her practitioners license and ultimately be an OBGYN. During her free time, you will find her spending time with her family and staying active.

Project Assistant 

Tanya Rivera

Tanya Rivera

Tanya Rivera was born and raised in the Wenatchee Valley, but as she likes to say the “East Wenatchee side”. Tanya is currently majoring in Speech and Hearing Sciences with a minor in Human Development. She was a part of the 2019-2020 CAMP Cohort and a part of the first group to attend the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute Conference in Chicago, Illinois. She is also a part of the McNair Scholars program and thanks CAMP for being active with the program. In her free time, she enjoys being around the people she loves and hopes to have her Ph.D. one day while working as a bilingual Speech Pathologist.

Tutor - Honors/Science

CAMP Class TA

Juli Romo

Juli Romo

Juliana Romo was born and raised in Yakima Washington. She was a CAMP student in the 2019-2020 cohort and had the opportunity to travel to Chicago for the USHLI conference. She loves community service and has been a team leader for the CASHE  conference, a member of WSU's MEChA, a current mentor for the Chicanx/Latinx student center, and a member of Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority, Inc. She is currently in her second year at WSU and is in the Honors College pursuing a major in Nursing with a minor in Spanish. She hopes to be a travel nurse and give back to underserved communities, and then return to obtain her Practitioner's and be able to work in pediatrics.

Tutor

Math and Sciences, Architecture 

Ruben Estrada

Ruben Estrada

Hi, Ruben Estrada; I was born and raised in the Cashmere Valley. I am the second of three siblings to attend a higher education university, and I was a part of the 2018-2019 CAMP cohort here a WSU. I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and hope upon completion to attend graduate school and obtain a Master's degree in Architecture. With my studies, I hope to find a position in a firm that uses architecture as a platform to serve social injustice within the built environment and focus on environmentally sustainable design. My goal isn't to earn a lot of money with my major but to open new doors for those in need and continue growing and learning about my role as an architect and future designer within our society. However, I enjoy spending my time with family, my dog and being active until then. Also, I still need to travel more to further grow in cultural exposure and help me in interdisciplinary design.

CAMP Student Interns

Areli Camacho-Candido

Areli Camacho-Candido

Areli Camacho-Candido was born in Othello, WA, and raised in Royal City, WA. Areli was also a CAMP scholar in the 2018-2019 school year. She is currently a Senior majoring in Human Development with a minor in Psychology. She aspires to use her degree to help high school students pursue higher education. Areli is an intern at the College Assistance Migrant Program. She is also a member of the TRiO SSS and Peer Health Education program. When not interning or going to school, Areli likes to exercise, read books, and learn Korean. She loves to play video games, watch anime, and hang out with her close friends and family. Areli appreciates the opportunity to use her research and mental health skills in interning at CAMP and feels delighted when able to aid through her work.

Anahí was raised in Yakima, Washington. She was a part of the (2018-2019) CAMP Cohort. She is double majoring in Psychology and Human Development. During her undergraduate career she developed an interest in mental health. Anahí is an intern for the College Assistance Migrant Program working on raising awareness on mental health, mental health resources, and self-care strategies. She is also a member of Ballet Folklórico de WSU. She serves as the club’s historian and public relations. Anahí likes to binge watch Netflix shows, watch anime, and play video games with her siblings.

Anahí López

Anahí López

Anahí was raised in Yakima, Washington. She was a part of the (2018-2019) CAMP Cohort. She is double majoring in Psychology and Human Development. During her undergraduate career she developed an interest in mental health. Anahí is an intern for the College Assistance Migrant Program working on raising awareness on mental health, mental health resources, and self-care strategies. She is also a member of Ballet Folklórico de WSU. She serves as the club’s historian and public relations. Anahí likes to binge watch Netflix shows, watch anime, and play video games with her siblings.

Sarahí López

Sarahí López

Sarahí was raised in Yakima Washington. She was a part of the (2018-2019) CAMP Cohort. She is working as a student intern for the College Assistant Migrant Program. Sarahí is a first-gen, fourth-year college student at Washington State University majoring in Human Development. She aspires to use her degree to further pursue a career in counseling. One of the WSU student clubs Sarahi is currently a part of is Ballet Folklorico de WSU. She also enjoys spending time with her siblings and her dog Toby.