Fiorela Villegas is a rising senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, majoring in Political Science and Medical Anthropology. She formerly served as the Director of Advocacy and Civic Engagement at the Association of Mexicans in North Carolina, Inc. overseeing the North Carolina Advocacy and Civic Engagement Program.

Fiorela forms part of the 2024 Cohort for the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement (McNair Scholars) Program. This summer, she will be working at Carolina Demography as a Research Intern and will be supporting Dr. Nathan Dollar on the project with Hispanic Federation, examining how Latino immigrants in eastern NC are affected by and recover from hurricanes and floods. Other areas of research interest include political engagement and political socialization with an emphasis on Latino communities and first-generation Latine students in North Carolina.

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