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Norma Romero

Project Director, UB & UBMS

As 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 Director of Ethnic & Intercultural Services. She became the UB Project Director at its inception in 2007, and added oversight of UBMS in 2017. 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 is not at work or hitting the books, her favorite things include spending time with family and friends, especially her two children, attending concerts, taking long “head-clearing” walks, pretending to garden, museum hopping, cooking with and for friends, and finding treasures at flea markets and vintage shops.

Aaron Beasley

Associate Project Director, UB & UBMS

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, Upward Bound 

Carla 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. 

Angelica Loera

Academic Advisor, Upward Bound Math & Science  

Angelica Loera is a graduate from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies. Her goal is to obtain a Master’s degree in Education in order to further expand her skills and knowledge to help first-generation and low-income students pursue and finish higher education.

Angelica has over three years of experience working with youth pursuing higher education. As an undergraduate, she worked at Long Beach City College as a Student Assistant and was also a College Advisor for CSULB’s Educational Talent Search Program. After graduating, she worked as a College Bound Case Manager for the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of Carson at King Drew High School. Ultimately, Angelica wants to have a positive impact and change the lives of students who do not have the skills to succeed or the academic support at school or at home.

In her free time, Angelica enjoys going to concerts, running long-distance, and hikes with her family and dogs. Furthermore, Angelica loves traveling to new places any chance she gets.

Marlene Leyva

Graduate Assistant 

Marlene Leyva is a graduate from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services and Criminal Justice Administration. She is currently working towards her Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling at Loyola Marymount University. She wants to continue working with first-generation, low-income students. 

Marlene has over seven years of experience working with students pursuing higher education. As an undergraduate, she has worked with the First-Year Experience program and Educational Opportunity Program as a student assistant. After graduating, she worked as an Academic Advisor at National University and was an Achievement Coach at Long Beach City College. She also works as a student success coach at Rio Hondo College. Marlene is passionate about working with students and wants to continue helping first-generation, low-income students navigate the college system. 

In her free time, Marlene enjoys going to concerts, Dodgers game, and helping her community.






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