Rachel Camacho (she/her/hers) is the inaugural director of student engagement at Claremont Graduate University. As director, she manages the student engagement team in the Office of Enrollment Services. In addition, she focuses on providing an exceptional student experience across the graduate student life cycle, with a particular emphasis on enrollment, retention, and persistence toward graduation. Prior to this position, Ms. Camacho served as the associate director of admissions at CGU.
Prior to her time at CGU, she was an applied researcher and evaluator working wit h communities, nonprofit organizations, government entities, and educational institutions throughout the Bay Area to increase their capacity to use data to inform public policy, and create opportunities for children, youth, and families to thrive and prosper. She previously served as director of the Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search Programs at California State University, Fullerton.
Rachel holds a master's degree in higher education and student affairs from Claremont Graduate University and a bachelor's degree in sociology from Pitzer College.
David Estudiante (he/him/his) is the Assistant Director of Student Engagement at Claremont Graduate University. In this role, he also serves as a Student Support Specialist for the School of Arts and Humanities. Prior to his time at CGU, David served in a management capacity in the business industry. David has experience leading diverse teams with a strong commitment to customer service. David is also a trio scholar, successfully completing the Upward Bound program. Being a first-generation college graduate, David is committed to serving marginalized and underrepresented communities and creating equity in education. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his dog, Lulu, and continuing to explore California. Growing up in Northwest Arkansas, he enjoys hiking and each September David does an annual camping trip in Washington state with a group of friends.
David holds a bachelor's degree in political science and psychology from The University of Arkansas.
Violet Luxton (she/her/hers) is the Student Support Specialist for the Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Center for Information Systems and Technology at Claremont Graduate University. Prior to her time at CGU, Violet campaigned for worker and immigrant rights, implemented a STEM tutoring program for indigenous youth, and served as an Assistant Director for the Native Youth to College Program. She was born and raised in Southern California. Violet is a Latinx-Indigenous artist, musician, and activist who is deeply engaged in local movements for ecological and social justice. She is passionate about partnering with native communities across the region to reclaim and sustain indigenous knowledge and culture. In her spare time, she is an instructor of Kundalini Yoga and enjoys exploring the mountains and canyons of Southern California.
Violet holds a bachelor's degree in integrative psychology from Pitzer College.
Elizabeth Rubio (she/her/hers) is a Student Support Specialist for School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University. Prior to her time at CGU, Elizabeth served as an Interim ~CARE Supervisor for Citrus College. She has a passion for serving the diverse student population at CGU and wants to make sure that all students feel supported while they are persisting to graduation. If you need help connecting to resources on campus - Elizabeth is your go to person. In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys watching her daughter play softball and going to the movies.
Elizabeth holds bachelor's degree in human services from California State University-Fullerton.
Amir Woods (he/him/his) is a Student Support Specialist for the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. Prior to his time at CGU, Amir served as an admissions advisor, working with a diverse student population, addressing program-based needs, facilitating student support, outreach campaigns, assisting with online learning management systems, and recruiting students. He has a passion for working with students and increasing their value and learning outcomes and serving as a change agent for those who are seeking an increase in their professional and educational goals.
Amir holds a master's degree in higher education leadership and student development from California Baptist University and a bachelor's degree in communication from University of Phoenix.
Allyssa Ungrue (she/her/hers) is a Student Support Specialist for the School of Community and Global Health at Claremont Graduate University. Prior to her time at CGU, Allyssa created an organization dedicated to the development and implementation of interventions, social support structures, and skill development programs as they relate to substance abuse, mental health, and homelessness. As a higher education enthusiast and public health professional and educator, she believes in education as an investment in the future of our society and our workforce. Allyssa decided to come back as an alumna to use her diverse skills and experiences to support public health scholars as they develop into professionals in the field.
Allyssa holds a master's degree in public health from Claremont Graduate University and a bachelor's degree in nutrition from California State University- Sacramento.
Cassandra Hernandez (she/her/hers) is a Student Support Specialist for the School of Social Science, Policy & Evaluation at Claremont Graduate University.
Adeola Adegbemijo (she/her/hers) is a Graduate Assistant Fellow for the Office of Student Engagement and Digital Learning Lab at Claremont Graduate University. Prior to her time at CGU, she worked as a researcher focusing on providing finance solutions to strengthen healthcare systems in Northern Nigeria. Adeola is deeply passionate about developmental growth in sub-Saharan Africa and strives to provide support to enhance exceptional student experiences. She was born and raised in Nigeria, West Africa and researches "neopatriomonialism," providing fresh perspectives that extend beyond its current use as an explanation for Africa's underperformance in contemporary times. Upon graduation, she plans to break boundaries in the political science field and create positive change, especially for women and girls in Africa.
Adeola holds a bachelor's degree in English language from Obafemi Awolowo University. She is completing her master's degree in international studies at Claremont Graduate University.
Trevor Anthony (he/him/his) is a Graduate Assistant Fellow for the Office of Student Engagement at Claremont Graduate University. Prior to his time at CGU, he spent his early career as an actor on the New York and regional stage and then transitioned to the development of technology for the entertainment industry and multimedia production, focusing on emerging media and interactive entertainment. Trevor has produced a wide range of award-winning content for industry leaders like Paul Allen / Vulcan Productions and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as integrated marketing and "influencer"-driven media campaigns for leading brands across a variety of categories.
Trevor holds a bachelor's degree in theater from Duke University and a master of fine arts degree in acting from the Yale School of Drama. He is completing his PhD in media studies from Claremont Graduate University.
Sribha Miryala (she/her/hers) is a Graduate Assistant Fellow for the Office of Student Engagement at Claremont Graduate University. Prior to her time at CGU, she served as a Systems Analyst. Sribha plans to teach and work as a consultant upon graduation. As an international student, she understands how it feels to be far from home and in a new city. She wants to assist students in accessing resources to foster their success. Sribha strives to help students from all walks of life to make their experiences easy and enjoyable.
Sribha holds a bachelor's degree in electronics and computer engineering from Sreenidhi Institute of Science and Technology and a master's degree in information systems from California State University Los Angeles. She is completing her PhD in information systems at Claremont Graduate University.
Lauren Shaffer (she/her/hers) is a Graduate Assistant Fellow for the Office of Student Engagement at Claremont Graduate University. Prior to her time at CGU, Lauren served as an intern for the United Nations within the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. She is the President of the United Nations Association of the Claremont Colleges, a campus organization emphasizing the work of the United Nations by focusing on community and student engagement. Lauren plans to transition to an undergraduate teaching role within the field of international studies upon graduation.
Lauren holds a bachelor's degree in government and religion from Smith College. She is completing her PhD in international studies at Claremont Graduate University.
"My biggest worry is students will leave CGU without experiencing a real taco. Go to the Grand Central Market in LA one weekend morning and order $1.25 tacos. It will change your life."
-Rachel Camacho, Director of Student Engagement
"I recommend taking a walk to Claremont Village and check out Augie's Coffee House. If you're a fan of delicious fresh coffee and chill music. Stop by, grab a cup and enjoy."
-Amir Woods, Student Support Specialist
"I love 'Steal a Glass' night at Eureka! in Claremont Village. You can try local ales and leave with a souvenir glass from the brewery. Make sure to check out their fried mac & cheese appetizer.
-David Estudiante, Assistant Director of Student Engagement
"If it's late at night and you're craving a donut go to Donut Man in Glendora! They are known for their strawberry filled donuts so if it's strawberry season make sure to grab one."
-Elizabeth Rubio, Student Support Specialist
"If you're a foodie, I would highly recommend Borreguitas Bar Express in Pomona. 5 stars on Yelp and 5 stars in my heart. This Mexican vegan/vegetarian spot is a must try and a quick drive from Claremont!"
-Allyssa Ungrue, Student Support Specialist