“Camp to Campus” Essay & Video Essay Contest to be Honored

Camp to Campus winnersThe winners of the “Camp to Campus” essay and video essay contest will be honored at a ceremony on Thursday, May 16th at 6:30pm in the Dezember Room of Walter Stiern Library at CSUB. 

“Camp to Campus” is a grant project funded by the CalHumanities Community Stories Fund, which awarded the program a $10, 000 grant, with $15,000 in matching funds from CSUB. The project team produced an outstanding documentary film about first-generation college graduates from a migrant labor background, including a number of CSUB graduates.  The film premiered at CSUB on February 5th, and has since been presented throughout Bakersfield and Kern County, at community colleges, high schools, and public libraries.

For the contest, high school and community college students were asked to respond to the documentary film “Camp to Campus” and connect it to challenges they face in their own path to higher education. The criteria for selecting winners were: eloquence of expression; challenges to success in education; persistence in seeking higher education; and connections to the “Camp to Campus” film.

The winning essays, as well as the completed film, can be accessed on the project website: www.csub.edu/camptocampus.

The winners at the community college level will each be awarded a $1,000 scholarship to CSU Bakersfield. They are:

Alejandro Espinosa, "Con Pasion, Anything is Possible" - Taft College

Deissy Ibarra, "The Light at the End of the Tunnel" -Bakersfield College, Delano Campus

Raji Rivera, "News from Delano" - Bakersfield College, Delano Campus

Moises Santiago, "Life Obstacles" - Taft College

The winners at the high school level are:

First Prize -$200

Valerie Sanchez, "Adversaries Are Our Fuel" - Ridgeview High School

Second Prize - $150

Miriam Perales, "The Fairytale Comes True” - McFarland High School

Third Prize - $100

Jonathan Martinez, "Why I Am Who I Am" - McFarland High School

Honorable Mention - $50

Ruby Barrios, "Tribute to Success" - McFarland High School

“From start to finish, the most important part of ‘Camp to Campus’ has been to reach young people from diverse backgrounds in our region who face big challenges in reaching higher education,” said Marit MacArthur, CSUB Associate Professor of English and project director. “Our hope was that, in sharing the stories of successful individuals from similar backgrounds, our audience would not only be inspired to persist on the path to college, but to learn real and practical lessons about how to do that. And along the way, we ourselves have learned more about the students who need our help most in reaching and succeeding in college. The lessons have been invaluable for us all.”

Eleven people were interviewed for the “Camp to Campus: film, representing a range of professions—accounting, filmmaking, law, teaching, educational administration, counseling, nursing, business, among other fields. The interview subjects included descendants of the Mexican Bracero Program of the 1940s to '60s, as well as the children of more recent migrant laborers and several descendants of the Dust Bowl migrations. The film’s director and videographer, Fabian Euresti, comes from a migrant labor background himself, and graduated from CSUB with a B.A. in English in 2007, and an M.F.A. in Film Directing from the California Institute of the Arts in 2010.

If you would like to arrange a screening of “Camp to Campus” for your organization or community, please contact Dr. MacArthur at mmacarthur@csub.edu or at 661-654-6503.

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