CAMP Staff


Cynthia L. Bejarano
Principal Investigator
(575) 646-2833

Cynthia Bejarano, a native of the southern New Mexico border, received her BA and MA from New Mexico State University and her Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 2001.  She joined the Department of Criminal Justice at New Mexico State University, where she was a professor until 2014, and then joined the Interdisciplinary Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies Department as a Regents Professor.  She is the Stan Fulton College of Arts and Sciences Endowed Chair since 2010. 

Bejarano is an advocate for farmworker students and their families. Since 2002, she has served as the NMSU Principal Investigator of the U.S. Department of Education’s College Assistance Migrant Program, where the program has served 534 first-year students at NMSU. She has worked in advocacy for farmworkers since 1995. In 2015, the NMSU CAMP program was recognized through the White House Excellence in Education for Hispanics ‘Bright Spot’ Initiative. As children, her great-grandparents, grandparents and parents worked in agricultural fields in southern Doña Ana County, which serves as her inspiration for working with farmworking families.

For her dedication in and outside of the classroom she has received the Donald C. Roush Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008, the 2010 Annual Governors Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women, and the Critical Educators in Social Justice (CESJ) Special Interest Group's Community Advocacy Award in 2011 from the American Educational Research Association.    In 2014, she served as one of five tribunal judges specializing in international human rights and gender-based violence for the Tribunal Permanente de los Pueblos in Chihuahua City, Chihuahua, Mexico.  In 2018, Bejarano received the Arizona State University’s School of Social Transformation’s Outstanding Graduate Alumna Award, and in 2019, she received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Society of Leadership and Success (a student nominated award).   


Martha A. Estrada
(575) 646-5733

The granddaughter of a Bracero from Jalisco and first-generation Mexican-American, Martha has dedicated her professional career to serving students and families in higher education. For seven years, Martha served as the NMSU CAMP Academic Advisor before making her way to Seattle to serve as the founding CAMP Director at the University of Washington. She returned to her home state to serve as CAMP Director at Northern New Mexico College. 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 has served as the Western Stream Representative for the National HEP CAMP Association, the National HEP CAMP Association’s Student Internship Selection Committee, the HEP CAMP National Conference Planning Committee, and 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 the first in her family to attend and graduate college, Martha is passionate about working with students and their families to ensure they have the tools and resources necessary to succeed throughout their college career.


Cynthia Bartow
Admin Assistant
(575) 646-6085

Cynthia Bartow is a seasoned and motivated Customer Service Professional who has more than 13 years’ experience in training, recruitment, organizing and development of business improvement and processes. She has worked with 3 Major Business Process Outsourcing companies in the Philippine and have also worked with  National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), NM Department of Public Safety and NMSU Police and Parking Department.

Cynthia grew up in a small town outside the city of Manila , Philippines, she then moved here in Las Cruces NM in 2016. She grew up in a Developing Country where every day you are reminded that most people live without the fundamental resources, and that poverty and hunger is a norm for most people. At a young age, Cynthia learned that College Education is important. Both her parents worked hard to make sure that she and her 3 siblings graduate from college. She has set her foot to help work with CAMP students, family and the community to whatever administrative need necessary to be successful in their college and professional life.


Ricardo Trejo
Recruitment Coordinator
(575) 646-7341
Cell: (575) 635-2087

A native from Southern New Mexico, Ricardo Trejo was born in Deming, NM, but was raised on both sides of the U.S Mexican Border. As a seasonal farm worker, Ricardo grew up alongside his family working in agriculture. With the help of NMSU CAMP, he attended NMSU and earned his Bachelors in Business Administration in 2014. His academic spirit led him to study abroad in Amsterdam; he was involved in student life, and gained experience giving back to his community through volunteerism. In 2017, Ricardo served as an AmeriCorps Vista for Roadrunner Food Bank, a non-profit organization that works with local communities to help end hunger. Ricardo earned his Masters in Public Administration from NMSU in 2020, and is currently working as the Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator for NMSU CAMP. Ricardo’s work experience, travels and continued collaboration with local communities, has propelled him to help local and rural communities across Southern New Mexico.





Yvette Cortez
Freshmen Advisor
(575) 646-5079

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.






Eddie Estrada
CAMP Instructor/Graduate Assistant


Eddie Estrada has over 10 years of experience in public education – from teaching high school social studies to working in higher education for medical residency education. He has a B.A in Political Science from the University of Texas at El Paso and is pursuing his M.A in Education here at New Mexico State University. Eddie has been involved in social justice efforts for over 15 years. He is passionate about politics and community engagement and has helped with various political campaigns in West Texas and Southern New Mexico. Eddie has worked on voter registration drives, voter outreach, and county-wide GOTV initiatives. He enjoys volunteering his time for canvassing, phone banking, and letter writing for important local campaigns. 





Manuel Serrano
CAMP Instructor/Graduate Assistant


Hi all, my name is Manuel Serrano (Manny) and I am from Hatch Valley, NM. Like most of you, I am a first-generation college student and I’m also a C.A.M.P alumnus. I am currently in my second year as a doctoral student. My motivation to keep working on my education has always been my family. My parents have less than a 4th-grade education and have put everything on the line for my siblings and me. They worked for many years in the fields as did I. For a better future, they value education and have encouraged me to keep moving forward in my academic career. I couldn’t have done this alone,  I’ve had many mentors along the way that I am very grateful for. One of my biggest goals is to have the opportunity to impact someone's life as they did on mine before I leave NMSU for good. I’m looking forward to helping you all reach your academic goals and hope to make a difference in at least one of you guy's life. All the best.

Student Staff


Fatima Olveros

Office and Social Media Aide


Deming, New Mexico



Jesus Porras

Office and Social Media Aide


Hatch, New Mexico


Zelong Jiang

CAMP IT Technician

Accounting & Finance

Chongqing, China