Guillermo Camarillo

Guest Blogger

Student, Education Blogger

Oakland, California

Guillermo Camarillo is a Chicago native currently studying at Stanford University, class of 2020. His intended major is in engineering, but he is still not sure what specific type of engineering he wants to study.

He was born and raised in Chicago’s West Side neighborhood, La Villita. Guillermo identifies as a first-generation, Latino, low-income student. His true passions are in STEM, advocacy for oppressed groups, equity in education, mentorship, and helping others.

Being the son of two undocumented immigrants, Guillermo is seeking to find ways to not only be their voice, but the voice of other individuals that are voiceless. He gained global recognition because of his “Dear Dentist” letter that addressed the common theme of individuals trying to discredit the accomplishments of minority, low-income, first-gen students. He hopes to continue to tell the other side of the narrative.

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Posted May 10, 2017

Why Poor College Kids Like Us Need to Start Asking for the Help We Need

Growing up, my parents embedded the ideology that I should be happy and grateful for what I have. My mother…

By Guillermo Camarillo

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Posted Oct. 27, 2016

Here’s 4 Reasons Why Saying ‘You’re Lucky’ to First-Generation College Students Is a Problem

Throughout high school and now in college, I have been told I am “lucky.” I can’t help but feel confused as…

By Guillermo Camarillo

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Posted July 6, 2020

Q&A: 12-Year-Old Amir Lumumba on Why Schools Need More Counselors and Fewer Cops

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Posted July 7, 2020

Parents, It’s Way Past Time to Break Up With Traditional Education and School Funding

This pandemic is an opportunity to change not only how we educate children, but how we fund that education. Right now, school and district leaders…

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