Carmen Cornejo was born in Mexico, lived in the city of Monterrey and graduated with honors from ITESM with a bachelor degree in Communications. She worked as editor of publications for ITESM and as a professor in the same university teaching Theory of Mass Communications.
She immigrated to the USA in 1991 and became citizen in the early 2000’s.
She has been member of the board for Chandler Education Foundation, Friends of the Chandler Public Library, Si Se Puede Foundation. Currently, Carmen is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for Chicanos por la Causa, (CPLC).
Her early advocacy for young undocumented immigrants has taken her to participate on TV shows like Horizonte, KAET / PBS, radio, diverse local, national and international newspapers as a spokesperson for immigration, youth and education issues.Carmen pioneered the use of electronic media to stop the deportation of undocumented youth in Arizona, among other accomplishments. She is also a promoter of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education for underprivileged communities and great supporter of robotics as an educational tool.
She has been invited to participate on academic panels at ASU, Phoenix College, ASU West and research institutes as an expert on immigration, education and youth. She organized in 2011, along with Reyna Montoya, a group of students, Youth for Education in Action, YEA!, a civic engagement initiative. YEA! participated in the historical recall election in Mesa, AZ, Legislative District 18 that defeated State Senator Russell Pearce and elected Jerry Lewis.
Her work supporting undocumented students has been profiled on books, documentaries and magazine articles.
Currently Carmen is Program Manager for Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, a private organization which supports immigrant, human rights issues and civic participation. You can see her current work at www.fronterafund.org.
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