Meet the Team

Luis

Director

Luis Alonzo Garcia is the Director of the National Migrant Scholars Internship (NMSI) initiative. He is also the Director of Migrant Student Services at Michigan State University. Luis is a former migrant farmworker and has been a member of the university community for more than 30 years and holds a Masters from the MSU College of Education. Luis serves on various university committees, boards, municipal boards, state and national boards such as the National HEP/CAMP Association and the Michigan Migrant Interagency Council – where his input and advice provides the leadership needed to mount the improved service delivery needed from the state and national level. He has been working tirelessly with the Migrant & Seasonal Farm working families (MSFW) and the university community to address the lack of representation of our Latino/a community at all levels. Initiatives that he has fostered included Dia de La Mujer, International Engagement in Mexico education abroad program, MSU HEP, MSU CAMP, and now The National Migrant Scholars Internship (NMSI). 

Sam

Associate Director

Samantha Velez (Sam) currently serves as the Associate Director of National Migrant Scholars Internship (NMSI) initiative. Sam is responsible for supporting internship opportunities for College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) Scholars across the nation. She works closely with 53 universities and colleges to serve students with a migrant and seasonal farmworker background. She spent three years working with the Migrant Education Program processing data and working on special projects for the State of Michigan office. She also participated in Phase I of the NMSI Initiative in 2015. She recently served as a TRIO Talent Search College Readiness Specialist at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Samantha was born in Mission, TX and as a child, she migrated seasonally to Oceana County Michigan. Exposed to the migrant farmworker lifestyle, Samantha understands firsthand the impact of support services, educational and internship work experiences. She values the criticality of meaningful internships and the essential role they play in post-secondary education. Sam is committed to serving a life of service to first generation and low-income students. Ensuring that bridges and equal opportunities continue to traverse to underrepresented communities.

velezsam@msu.edu

 

Yazmin

Support Staff

Yazmin Gomez is NMSI’s Administrative Assistant. She graduated from Chicago State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. Yazmin interned at Playworks in Washington D.C. While interning at Playworks, her role was to communicate regularly with the District of Columbia Public Schools to collect data from Playworks including key stakeholder testimonials about program impact. Research expansion targets in DC, Virginia, and Maryland for potential partnerships, engagement opportunities, and/or interest in Playworks programming. Yazmin’s internship experience was life changing and helped her grow. She wants NMSI participants to get a life changing internship experience and looks forward to working with all NMSI participants.

Gomezya2@msu.edu