Camille R. Velarde

Ph.D. Student

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2017 Cohort

Camille Velarde is a third year PhD Student studying health communication and a TA for the Department of Communication & Journalism. She proudly received both her BA and MA from the University of New Mexico. Her undergraduate work focused on organizational communication which Camille applied in the field as a legal secretary for several years and minored in psychology which she applied in her master’s work which was centered around mental health communication.

As a PhD student, Camille has won two top paper awards for her work titled “Critical Socioecological Model: A Critical Perspective to Historicize Health Inequities” at both the Western States Communication Conference and at The International Association of Applied Demography Conference both in 2019 and has presented her work at various popular culture, health, and communication conferences. She has served as social media/social events coordinator with Comgrads, the graduate student group at the Communication and Journalism Department and helped coordinate the graduate student colloquium in spring 2019.

Currently, Camille serves as the graduate student board member for the IRB on UNM’s Main campus office and is the recipient of the New Mexico Evaluation Lab Fellowship for the 2019-2010 year. She was elected as graduate student representative to faculty in the Communication & Journalism department for 2019-2020. In addition to this, Camille is also a trained mediator and a current graduate assistant at the Dispute Resolution Services for Faculty at UNM. She enjoys the and enjoys teaching a multitude of undergraduate classes among some: public speaking, organizational communication and health communication. A native new Mexican, coming from rural northern New Mexico, Camille feels a connection and responsibility to the students and community she serves at the University of New Mexico which is evident in her teaching and research practices.