Adriana was born and raised in a small, rural town in North Carolina. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Political Science and Peace, War and Defense double major, she moved to Oregon – the state she had always dreamed of living in. At UNC, she dedicated her time to developing and exploring her interest in the U.S. immigration system as well as studied the social and political implications that the issue carries today. She also conducted research focused on the growing immigrant community in North Carolina. She specifically examined the effects of dual-language education on the academic outcomes of children, and the parental well-being of immigrant communities in North Carolina. In her free time, she mentored high school ‘DREAMers’ and volunteered at her local community center that offered citizenship and English courses.
In addition to Adriana’s academic interest in immigration and international issues, her parents are both Latinx immigrants and agricultural workers. Immigration has always been a big part of her life and has inspired her to dedicate her professional career to helping immigrants achieve their dreams. Adriana hopes to attend law school in the future in order to become an immigration lawyer to help others navigate the increasingly complex U.S. immigration system.
In her free time, Adriana enjoys hiking, exploring Oregon’s natural beauty, thrift-shopping in Portland, and traveling to Mexico to visit her family.