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Upward Bound
Loyola Marymount University
One LMU Drive, MS 2612
Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659

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Norma Romero

Project Director

As Upward Bound’s director, Norma has the privilege of working with students to help them realize their academic and personal potential. Her vision is to provide outstanding and relevant services, in an environment that fosters a sense of community that supports learning and personal growth for all participants – students and staff alike. The goal is always excellence.

Norma began her work at LMU in 2004 as the Director of Ethnic & Intercultural Services, and has been the LMU Upward Bound Project Director since its inception in 2007. Prior to coming to LMU, Norma held several TRIO positions including Director of the Student Support Services Program at CSU San Bernardino for eleven years, director of Upward Bound at the National Hispanic University in Oakland from 1989-1991, and Assistant Director of Upward Bound at Occidental College from 1985-1989. She holds a BA in Psychology, a Secondary Teaching Credential, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice at LMU.

When she’s not on the job, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, especially her two children. Some of her favorite activities include cooking, attending concerts, taking long “head-clearing” walks, museum hopping, and finding treasures at yard sales, flea markets and vintage shops. She thinks green is the best color, a perfect day is sunny and 73 degrees, and that chocolate, cheese and chips are essential food items!

Aaron Beasley

Assistant Project Director

Aaron Beasley, a graduate from CSU Long Beach, received his undergraduate degree in Psychology and Black Studies. After graduation he pursued a Master’s degree in School Counseling. His long term goal is to pursue his doctorate degree in the field of education. Aaron has worked with Educational Talent Search, Educational Opportunity Program and Upward Bound. With more than 12 years of experience in the field of education, he still gets a great deal of satisfaction assisting students throughout high school and preparing them for college. He is a firm believer that success is graduation from an institute of higher education. When Aaron is not in the classroom or in the office he loves spending time with his family, working out, watching sports and traveling.

Carla Camacho

Academic Advisor

Carla Camacho is the new Academic Advisor at LMU’s Upward Bound program. She is currently studying Educational Psychology and Educational Leadership at USC's Rossier School of Education doctoral program. She studied at California State University, Northridge for her undergrad and received a B.A. in Psychology and pursued a Masters in Clinical Psychology. 

In addition to her education, Carla has 6 years of experience working with Upward Bound programs as a tutor, senior seminar instructor and advisor. She truly enjoys working with students and motivating them to excel academically and reach their fullest potential. Carla firmly believes that students have the potential to succeed especially when they have a support system that instills the importance of hard work and education. Carla thrives to makes sure that her students excel academically and fulfill their educational aspirations of attending college. 

When she is not working or at school, Carla enjoys attending Dodger and Laker games, musical festivals and traveling and spending time with family and friends. Carla hopes to travel the world after she is done with school. 

Graduate Assistant

Nicholas Farthing

Graduate Assistant 

Nicholas Farthing is the Graduate Assistant for the Upward Bound Program at Loyola Marymount University. He is currently studying to become a School Counselor in the Master’s Program here at LMU. Nicholas studied at Arizona State University for two years and finished his undergrad at University of California, Riverside; receiving a B.A. in Sociology.

After college, he joined City Year Los Angeles and was able to explore the education realm. City Year is an education based non-profit AmeriCorps Program focused on decreasing the drop-out crisis around the world. Through City Year, he was able develop his desire to work with youth. Nicholas sincerely loves working with youth by being a resource, mentor or role model because he knows the effects it can have on them. He wants to be an agent of change in the education field by giving youth the opportunity to flourish and excel no matter their circumstances.

In his free time, he enjoys traveling, listening to music, dancing and spending time with loved ones. His true passion outside of work and school is basketball; he plays in tournaments and adult leagues, watches all the games and loves discussing NBA news. 

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