CAMP Staff

Dr. Cynthia Bejarano is a native of Anthony, NM, and received her BA and MA from New Mexico State University, and her Ph.D. from Arizona State University.  After she completed her Ph.D. in 2001, she joined the Department of Criminal Justice at New Mexico State University where she was a Professor until 2014.  She is now a Professor in the Interdisciplinary Studies Department at New Mexico State University.  Her publications and research interests focus on border violence, youth cultures, immigration issues, and gender violence at the U.S.-Mexico border.




Cynthia L. Bejarano
Principal Investigator



Martha A. Estrada has over 15 years of experience working with students and families in higher education. Twelve of those years were spent with the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), a federal program funded by the U.S. Department of Education, which serves students who come from migrant/seasonal farm working families. Martha served as CAMP Academic Advisor at New Mexico State University (NMSU) then made her way to Seattle to serve as the founding CAMP Director at the University of Washington (UW). She returned to her home state as director for Northern New Mexico College’s (NNMC) CAMP. Most recently, Martha served as the College & Career Readiness Coordinator for the New Mexico Higher Education Department’s GEAR UP Program. At the national level, Martha served as the Western Stream Representative for the National HEP CAMP Association. She was also a member of the National HEP CAMP Association’s Student Internship Selection Committee, the HEP CAMP National Conference Planning Committee, and has also served as a reader for the HACU National Scholarship Program. Martha holds bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and Spanish, as well as a master’s degree in Educational Management and Development with an emphasis in higher education administration- all from NMSU. As a first-generation Mexican-American, and the first in her entire family to graduate from college, Martha is passionate about working with students and their families to ensure they have the tools and resources necessary to successfully navigate the college process: admissions, financial aid, and first-year completion.

Martha A. Estrada
New Mexico State University
College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) Director
(575) 646-5733

Ricardo Trejo was born in Deming, New Mexico but grew up and was raised on both sides of the U.S Mexican Border. Ricardo was a seasonal farm worker growing up alongside his family. With the help of NMSU CAMP he was able to attend NMSU and earned his Bachelors in Business Administration in 2014. His academic spirit led him to study abroad in Amsterdam and gained international experience. Ricardo has served as an outreach coordinator for Roadrunner Food Bank, a non-profit organization that works with local communities to help end hunger. His work experience traveling and collaborating with local communities has motivated him to keep helping people across southern New Mexico. Ricardo is currently pursuing his Masters in Public Administration at NMSU and working as the Recruitment Coordinator for NMSU CAMP.


Ricardo Trejo
New Mexico State University
College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)
Recruitment Coordinator
Office: (575) 646-7341
Cell: (575) 635-2087

Yvette Cortez comes from a migrant family where her father worked in the fields across New Mexico, Arizona, California, and Colorado for over 30 years. As a young child, Yvette migrated with her family from state to state facing the daily struggles and challenges of a migrant family. This motivated her to earn her undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Human Resources with an emphasis in managerial leadership, and a minor in Spanish from New Mexico State University. Yvette’s passion is to help students identify and reach their academic goals, as she can relate to the challenges that students encounter on a daily basis at the university level.

Yvette Cortez
Retention Advisor
Phone: (575) 646-5079
Fax: (575) 646-3889