Director, College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)
Viridiana Diaz has worked in higher education for the past 15 years and has served as Director of the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) since 2006. CAMP is a federally funded program designed to provide college and advancement opportunities to students from migrant and seasonal farmworker backgrounds. Viridiana is also responsible for the Migrant Student Leadership Institute (MSLI), a summer program designed to recruit and prepare high school students from migrant and seasonal farmworker backgrounds for entry into a four-year institution to pursue degrees in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines, as well as the CAMP Scholars Internship Program, a yearlong academic program designed to train the next generation of migrant leaders.
Viridiana earned a BA in Communication Studies, an MA in Spanish, and a second MA in Public History from Sacramento State. In 2012, she completed a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy from the same institution. She is also a 2009 graduate of the Stanford Executive Leadership Management Institute and a 2013 Carlos J. Vallejo fellow for the American Educational Research Association (AERA).
Viridinia’s dissertation research received the Best Dissertation of the Year Award at Sac State in 2013. She married Ramon Porter in 2006, a fellow Sac State graduate, and they have a 3-year-old son, Mateo.