In certain parts of the United States, the high school graduation rate for children of migrant farmworkers is 20%. And few of those graduates continue on to college. Fifteen years ago, the University of New Mexico created a program that would recruit, enroll and mentor these non-traditional students during their first year at UNM. The College Assistance Migrant Program, CAMP, was recently refunded through 2021.
Rosa Isela Cervantes, the Director of UNM's El Centro de la Raza, the Latino student advocacy organization which supervises CAMP, says the program helps students socially, academically and financially, with "everything from bowling night to study sessions."
In this more complete version of the interview, Rosa speaks in greater detail about the program, including the eligibility requirements for prospective CAMP students.