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Lucia V. Delgado
Director of the Access Center
In my role as the Director of College Access at Colorado State University, I believe and advocate for Educational Equity and Equality for first-generation and limited income individuals. I value the richness of each person and am honored to serve as a mentor to students at various levels of their educational journey. I received my Bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University in Journalism and Political Science and a Master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) from CSU. A proud mother of two amazing and independent young girls, they remind me daily to laugh out loud, appreciate the beauty in every day, and that life is best enjoyed when experienced with those we love.
Serves: Poudre High School
I am a proud product of the Denver Public School system and an alumnus of Colorado State University. After serving as a full-time volunteer for the Americorps: National Civilian Community Corps in the northeastern United States, I returned to CSU and began working full time coordinating volunteer efforts for the university. One year later I was given the awesome opportunity to serve as an advisor with the Upward Bound program and I haven’t looked back since. One thing I love about Upward Bound at Colorado State is the strong sense of community we cultivate. Our students, staff and community members feel like they matter, and that feeling has become the foundation of our program.
Karla Lerma Banda
Serves: Fort Lupton High School, Montbello Campus (Noel Community Arts School, Denver Center for International Studies)
“Me hablas todos los días para saber que estas bien.” These were the words my mom told me before my family started their drive back to Fort Lupton from CSU. The beginning of a brand new journey that would forever change not only my life but also my family’s. I am the oldest of four children. Since middle school, I knew I wanted to go to college. I did not know which one or how to do it, but it was going to happen. I joined Upward Bound in the fall of 2007 after being talked into it by my best friend. From then on, I was challenged to push myself in every way imaginable. Most importantly, I found my academic family. I graduated from CSU in the spring of 2014 with a Bachelors of Social Work and Spanish. I always wanted to come back to work as an advisor for Upward Bound. I had to take a couple of detours but, I am excited to be an Advisor for this amazing program that changed my life.
Fun Facts: I have been to Chile, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, I love the color pink and the Power Rangers!
Serves: Abraham Lincoln High School, Bruce Randolph School, John F. Kennedy High School
“Upward Bound worked for me, so now I work for Upward Bound”. I became part of the Upward Bound Family in 2010 as a student at Poudre High School in Fort Collins and since then it has been a journey. I was born in Fairfax, Virginia, but raised in good old Fort Collins. I attended Colorado State University after realizing I did not want to leave home but compensated by doing a lot of traveling. During my time at CSU, I worked with Upward Bound 77 for two summers as a Tutor Counselor. I then went on to become their intern. I received my Bachelors in Social Work and Minor in Criminology. After graduation, I worked as a Case Manager at Turning Point Center for Youth and Family Development in Fort Collins. I did one-on-one work with youth struggling with behavior and mental health. Soon after I transitioned into an Education Specialist and traveled the Northern Colorado area hosting workshops and presentations on Marijuana education. As an advisor for the Upward Bound 17 program, I love spending time and seeing the passion in our students. I have been so fortunate to share my journey and give back to a program that did so much for me and continues to do so.