Pronouns: she/her/ella

Roots: México

Job Title: Program Director of College Advising Corps at UNC Wilmington

Wilmington, NC

Veronica Tapia

Program Director of College Advising Corps at UNC Wilmington

Veronica Tapia is the Program Director for College Advising Corps at UNC Wilmington. She graduated from NC State University in 2015 as a University Scholar and began her career in college access, serving as an AmeriCorps member with NC State College Advising Corps. As a college adviser, Veronica witnessed the countless systemic barriers that prevented her students from applying to college and pursuing a degree. This motivated her to facilitate change at a higher level. She pursued her Master's in Student Affairs and Higher Education at Texas State University. The bulk of her research centered around first-generation college, undocumented, and Latinx students. While in graduate school, Veronica completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification in Thailand and used this experience to develop course curriculum on mindfulness and wellness for helping professionals. In 2021, Veronica launched the College Advising Corps program at UNCW, hiring and training the first cohort of UNCW College Advisers to serve in high schools across Eastern NC. Veronica is passionate about empowering underrepresented communities to reach their potential and infiltrate positions of power in NC. Veronica hopes to use this fellowship experience to grow as a program leader and advocate while enjoying community with fellow Latinx professionals.