Our Community

Our students are leading the way towards a better future for themselves and their family. From Middle School and High School to college, these scholars are growing into a new generation of movers and shakers in North Carolina and beyond.

Learn more about our student community.

Somos Scholars

Our flagship initiative, Somos Carolina, selects Somos Scholars to participate in a 5-year program that spans middle and high school to foster the self-efficacy and support network necessary to flourish as scholars and civic leaders in their communities and future college campuses. 

Alex (Mauricio) Rodriguez

> San Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> Honduras

Alexander Monroy

> San Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> Mexico

Alexis Dominguillo

> San Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> Mexico

Alondra Marchan Bello

> San Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> Mexico

Alonso Hernandez Velasquez

> West Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> Guatemala

Amanda Noyola-Luviano

> San Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> Mexico

Angel Lopez

> San Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> United States, Nicaragua

Anna Cruz

> San Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> Mexico

Anthony Badillo

> East Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> Mexico

Anthony Delfin

> San Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> Mexico

Ashley Matias

> San Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> Mexico

Brayan Albino

> West Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> Mexico

Carolina Vasquez Lopez

> San Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> Guatemala, El Salvador

Christian Ayala

> San Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> Colombia, Honduras

Christian Chicas Sanchez

> East Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> Guatemala

Cynthia Rodriguez Lemus

> West Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> Mexico

Devin Leonor Velasco

> East Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> El Salvador

Eduardo Villalba Flores

> East Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> Mexico

Emily Araiza

> San Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> Mexico

Emily Lopez

> San Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> Mexico

Ismael Mastache Lagunas

> East Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> Mexico

Israel Mastache Lagunas

> East Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> Mexico

Jazzelle Epifanio Calixto

> East Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> Mexico

Jezelyn Macedo

> West Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> Mexico

Joao Villalba-Aguilar

> San Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> Mexico

Jonathan Jimenez-Paso

> West Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> Mexico

Jonathan Velasquez Ramos

> West Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> Guatemala

Jose Hernandez

> San Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> Mexico, United States

Julian Hernandez

> San Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> United States, Puerto Rico

Karen Pedroza Sagrero

> East Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> Mexico

Kayla Marrero

> San Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> Colombia, Puerto Rico

Kelvin Hill

> San Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> Puerto Rico, United States

Leilani Flores

> San Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> Mexico

Lizbeth Bravo Cardenas

> East Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> Mexico

Maria Guerrero

> East Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> El Salvador

Marili Miranda

> San Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> Mexico

Monserrath Guizar-Pineda

> West Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> Mexico, Honduras

Omar Ulloa

> San Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> Mexico

Randy Hernandez

> San Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> Mexico

Randy Perez

> San Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> Mexico

Rebecca Velasquez

> West Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> Mexico, Guatemala

Robbin Rosas Carrillo

> East Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> Mexico

Roselyn Beltran

> East Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> Mexico

Sulma Mejia

> East Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> El Salvador

Valeria (Valerie) Villagomez

> San Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> Mexico

Victor (Esteban) González Miner

> East Lee Middle

> Sanford, NC

> Guatemala

20 Under 20: Class of 2019

Meet the 2019 class of 20 Under 20 leaders uplifting Latinx communities across North Carolina.

Anayeli Garcia Villa

> Surry Early College High School of Design

> Dobson, NC

> Mexico

Andrea Prego

> University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

> Charlotte, NC

> Nicaragua

Cristo Daniel Salazar

> Yadkin Early College High School

> Yadkinville, NC

> Mexico

Emily Garcia-Perez

> Cape Fear Community College & Eugene Ashley High School

> Wilmington, NC

> Mexico

Esperanza Hernandez

> Duke University

> Durham, NC

> Mexico

Flor Macias-Chavez

> Campbell University

> Sanford, NC

> Mexico

Gustavo Sosa Macias

> Duke University

> Lumberton, NC

> Mexico

Henry Cruz Reyes

> City of Medicine Academy

> Durham, NC

> Honduras

Jayson Sanchez

> Challenger Early College High School

> Hickory, NC

> Mexico

Jose Yair Castellanos Gallegos

> Yadkin Early College High School

> Boonville, NC

> Mexico

Juan Castro

> University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

> High Point, NC

> Guatemala, El Salvador

Kairy Bautista

> University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

> Charlotte, NC

> Honduras & El Salvador

Karina Moreno Bueno

> Duke University

> Burlington, NC

> Mexico

Kennie Torres Rosado

> South Mecklenburg High School

> Charlotte, NC

> Ecuador

Liliana Rivas

> North Carolina State University

> Raleigh, NC

> Ecuador

Lucia Lozano Robledo

> Elon University

> Chapel Hill, NC

> Colombia

Marcella Pansini

> University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

> Mooresville, NC

> Peru

Marisue Peralta Macias

> Rolesville High School

> Raleigh, NC

> Ecuador

Melanie Godinez-Cedillo

> University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

> Weaverville, NC

> Mexico

Suzy Brito Lagunas

> Lee Early College High School

> Sanford, NC

> Mexico

20 Under 20: Class of 2018

In May 2018, we launched North Carolina’s first ever competition to elevate the best and brightest Latinx students who are ready to change the world. We looked for students committed to scholarship, community and leadership. We are honored to present to you the inagural class of Latinx 20 Under 20!

Anayeli Garcia Villa

> Surry Early College High School of Design

> Dobson, NC

> Mexico

Andrea Prego

> University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

> Charlotte, NC

> Nicaragua

Cristo Daniel Salazar

> Yadkin Early College High School

> Yadkinville, NC

> Mexico

Emily Garcia-Perez

> Cape Fear Community College & Eugene Ashley High School

> Wilmington, NC

> Mexico

Esperanza Hernandez

> Duke University

> Durham, NC

> Mexico

Flor Macias-Chavez

> Campbell University

> Sanford, NC

> Mexico

Gustavo Sosa Macias

> Duke University

> Lumberton, NC

> Mexico

Henry Cruz Reyes

> City of Medicine Academy

> Durham, NC

> Honduras

Jayson Sanchez

> Challenger Early College High School

> Hickory, NC

> Mexico

Jose Yair Castellanos Gallegos

> Yadkin Early College High School

> Boonville, NC

> Mexico

Juan Castro

> University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

> High Point, NC

> Guatemala, El Salvador

Kairy Bautista

> University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

> Charlotte, NC

> Honduras & El Salvador

Karina Moreno Bueno

> Duke University

> Burlington, NC

> Mexico

Kennie Torres Rosado

> South Mecklenburg High School

> Charlotte, NC

> Ecuador

Liliana Rivas

> North Carolina State University

> Raleigh, NC

> Ecuador

Lucia Lozano Robledo

> Elon University

> Chapel Hill, NC

> Colombia

Marcella Pansini

> University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

> Mooresville, NC

> Peru

Marisue Peralta Macias

> Rolesville High School

> Raleigh, NC

> Ecuador

Melanie Godinez-Cedillo

> University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

> Weaverville, NC

> Mexico

Suzy Brito Lagunas

> Lee Early College High School

> Sanford, NC

> Mexico

LatinxEd Alumni

Our LatinxEd alumni come in various stages of life and have served as participants, mentors, volunteers, staff, etc. We welcome you to learn about our most recent alumni.

Alex Graham

> University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

> Wilmington, NC

> United States

David Silvia

> University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

> Hendersonville, NC

> Portugal

Elizabeth Vanegas

> North Carolina State University

> Sanford, NC

> El Salvador

Estefane Santiago-López

> University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

> Wake Forest, NC

> Mexico

Gladys Alvarez

> University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

> Sanford, NC

> El Salvador & Mexico

Kamesha Chalmers

> University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

> Sanford, NC

> United States

Monica Velazquez

> St. Andrews University

> Sanford, NC

> Mexico & Guatemala

Roberto Negrete

> University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

> Newton, NC

Sara Hernandez

> University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

> Charlotte, NC

> El Salvador

Sofia Ocegueda

> University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

> Durham, NC

> Mexico

I could really see the impact of having identity and ethnic based studies. I left feeling even more confident in myself and my identity.

Estefane Santiago-Lopez