Justina Aguilera was hired in January 2023 as the Retention Specialist and Curriculum Advisor for the YVC CAMP program. She first attended CWU in the fall of 2008 and was a participant of the CAMP program during her first year. Throughout her college career, she was also involved in the TRIO Program, both as a participant and mentor, and also conducted undergraduate research in the STEP program. She earned her BA in Biology in 2013 from CWU and went on to work for the UW GEAR UP Program for 5 years as the Site Coordinator for the Granger School District, then CWU CAMP Program for 4 and ½ years as Program Coordinator, prior to working for YVC CAMP.
As a daughter of farmworker parents, I saw how hard they worked so my siblings and I could have a better life and I wanted them to know that their sacrifices meant something. When I graduated from college, I handed my diploma to my mom and said, “This belongs to you mom, because without you pushing me and encouraging me to finish my degree, I wouldn’t be here today.” I had amazing role models growing up, from my family to school counselors, teachers, and staff. Each person gave me motivation to continue my studies and I want to be that for future students in my current position as Retention Specialist and Curriculum Advisor.
YVC CAMP students, we are so happy you are here and look forward to providing you with resources and services that will assist you in your educational journey. I have an open-door policy and even if I’m not in the office, please feel free to email, text or call me with questions or concerns.