The HEP CAMP Association would like to introduce the 2021 National HEP/CAMP Association Interns. All internships are made possible through the continued support of our annual conference.

Daniela Carvajal-Macias

Washington State University

Serving in the office of Rep. Raul Grijalva (AZ)

Daniela’s Carvajal-Macias’ Bio:

Daniela Carvajal Macias was born and raised in Wenatchee, Washington by her parents who immigrated to the United States 25 years ago. She is a first-generation student who has worked non-stop in and out of school to make sure she gets the best out of her opportunities. With school going virtual, she still participated in MECHA, Mariposas Poderosas, CAMP, and was a Chicanx/Latinx Student Alliance Rep for CAMP. With all of her extracurricular activities, she still earned a 3.7 GPA last semester. Recently, she was elected to the Student Senate. As a senator, Daniela wants to sponsor a bill that supports low-income students, by making college more affordable by making it free or reduced per credit cost.

Daniela is a first-year with junior standing at Washington State University, Pullman. She is on track to get a degree in Pre-Law with a double minor in Spanish and Woman Studies. Daniela hopes attend law school after undergrad to peruse a law degree. Her goal is to become an immigration lawyer to give back to the people who have given so much to this country.

In her internship, Daniela hopes to gain a greater understanding of what it would be like working in a congressional office, while also gaining professional development skills. Daniela has high hopes for her future, but she also wants to inspire others who come from the same background and show them that a small down does not limit one’s opportunities.

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Misael Torres-Pimentel

Oregon State University

Serving with The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI)

Misael Torres-Pimentel’s Bio

Misael Torres-Pimentel was born in Portland, Oregon and grew up in Salem, Oregon with is three siblings. He was raised by his parents who immigrated to the United States 25 years ago from Oaxaca, Mexico. Years of working in agriculture alongside his family has taught Misael many valuable life lessons he will never forget. It has also been an eye-opening experience, witnessing the struggles that his parents face and the true sacrifice they have made to assure a better life for their children. Misael understands the privilege he has to be able to get an education and a hope for a better future, a privilege that he is constantly reminded of when working in the fields. College has always been a dream for Misael and recognizes the importance of an education for success in life. It’s a view that his parents hare as well. Motivating and supporting Misael any way they can.

Misael is currently. Freshman at Oregon State University where he majors in Mechanical Engineering. Misael hopes to be a voice for his community, to be able to give back and help students in his community gain resources and advocate for STEM programs.

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Angelina Zamudio-Cabrera

California State University – Sacramento

Serving in the office of Rep. Jimmy Panetta (CA)

Angelina Zamudio-Cabrera’s Bio

Angelina was born in Watsonville, California but grew up in Castroville, a small town in Monterey County where the majority of the population is Latinx and works in the agricultural industry. Angelina is an only child and the first in her family to attend a four-year institution. Both of her parents are farmworkers and work long hours harvesting crops such as lettuce, artichokes, and strawberries. She is currently a first-year student at Sacramento State majoring in Spanish.

Angelina is part of the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), a federally funded program designed to serve first-year students that come from migrant and seasonal farm working backgrounds. Being part of this program provides her with a family-like atmosphere where she can be herself as she is surrounded by peers and staff members who share similar backgrounds and similar fears and self-doubts. In the future, she hopes to develop programs and services that improve the living conditions of farmworkers and the educational opportunities of their children. Her goal is to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Spanish and serve as CAMP director to continue to serve students in need of academic guidance.

As a HEP/CAMP Intern, Angelina hopes to gain experience and knowledge that will help her achieve her goals and give back to her community. She believes this internship will help her learn from her mistakes, take notes from others, and succeed in all possible ways.

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Elvia Valdovinos-Cruz

Heritage University

Serving with the United Farmworkers of America (UFW)

Elvia Valdovinos-Cruz’s Bio

Elvia Valdovinos Cruz was born in Coalcoman Michoacan, Mexico. She is the youngest of eleven siblings and the first female in her family who is pursuing higher education.  When she was ten years old, she was given the opportunity to move to the U.S. where she was to continue her education. As a first-generation student to attend college, Elvia understands the importance of pursuing a higher education. Since she started her education in the U.S., she was involved with the College Success Foundation, the Family Career and Community Leaders of America, the Running Start Program, CAMP Program, Trio Program, and is a volunteer at the Yakima Memorial Hospital.

Elvia is a current Freshman at Heritage University majoring in Social Work and minoring in Psychology. Upon completing her undergraduate degree, she hopes to obtain a master’s degree in Social Work, and if possible, a PHD. Her goal is to work for an organization that allows her to serve immigrants, refugees, and minorities in the United States by providing counseling, connecting individuals to valuable resources, and advocating for the preservation of policies and programs that benefit these communities.

As a HEP/ CAMP intern, Elvia hopes to educate herself and learn the process of policy making, as well as obtain an insight on the processes that plays a role in preserving policies that are geared towards supporting minority communities. She believes that this experience will help her reach her goal of serving undermined communities.

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Daniela Aguilar-Carranza

University of Idaho

Serving with The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

Daniela Aguilar-Carranza’s Bio

Daniela was born and raised in southern Idaho. She grew up in the small, rural town of Murtaugh, Idaho. She is currently attending the University of Idaho and is planning to major in International Studies, Sociology, and Spanish. She, alongside her twin brother, are the oldest of six children in her family and are first-generation students, as well. Daniela grew up around farm work and started working in it the summer after her eighth-grade year. She is a UI CAMP Scholar and is extremely grateful for the program and all it has done for her. It has given her a home away from home and has given her amazing opportunities such as applying for this internship and allowing her to plan an active role in advocating for Farmworker Awareness Week. In the future, Daniela is still unsure of what she wants to do, but she hopes to be able to help people and make a positive change in society in whatever she does. From this internship, she hopes to become more aware of how she can help others, strengthen her communication skills, and learn how to become and effective leader.

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Daniela Hernández

State University of New York – Oneonta

Serving with Poder Latinex

Daniela Hernández’s Bio

Daniela Hernandez was born in Puebla, Mexico and raised in a small town called Tlaxcuapan to parents born in Puebla, Mexico. Due to economic hardship her parents moved to the United States in hopes of providing a quality education and life to their children. Daniela moved to Long Island, NY at the age of twelve after three years of working to become a resident. After overcoming language barriers, she found great value in obtaining a higher education to become a role model to her siblings and those around her. She is now the first in her family to attend a four-year college at SUNY Oneonta with a declared major in Biology.

As a first-generation and first year student, Daniela found great support from the CAMP program, which helped her become a more resilient and hardworking student. She is planning to have a concentration on animal studies and inspire more women in her community to be involved in science. She finds great value in becoming an advocate that highlights the importance of women and ethnic minorities in science fields, and consumer consciousness that can greatly impact environmental issues.

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