Adriana Zarate

University of North Georgia

Adriana Zarate, a junior at the University of North Georgia (UNG), is committed to collaborating with staff, students, and the local community to ensure access and equity for all UNG students. As an Orientation Leader, Adriana assists students in navigating the college process. After recognizing a need for additional support of Latinx families, Adriana was actively involved in first building and later expanding an initiative to include Spanish-language programming in our Parent and Family Orientation. With Adriana's assistance in both planning and translating, we now offer 3-hour Spanish-language orientation sessions to clarify UNG's opportunities for our Latinx students and their families. Adriana also supports students once they are on campus; as Vice President of Outreach for the Latino Student Association, Adriana encourages Latinx students to engage in academics and community events. As a member of the Student Government Association, she ensures all student voices and perspectives are heard, and she played a key role in advocating for increased health services on the Gainesville campus. Adriana's many initiatives have already made a lasting impression on the campus and local community, and we are eager to see the impact of her future advocacy work.

Dr. Bonita Jacobs
University of North Georgia

Personal Statement

As a first-generation Latina, I am passionate about achieving my own academic goals, while also helping others reach their own. I have enjoyed many opportunities throughout my college experience and have used them as a guide for not only myself but for other students. Latinx students often encounter additional hurdles to completing a college degree, including navigating strong family responsibilities, language barriers, and cultural differences. My community outreach centers on supporting other Latinx students to degree completion.
I have had the pleasure of serving as an orientation leader for two years at my university. In this role, I have been able to work with different university offices to help initiate a Spanish parent session to increase Latinx parents understanding of college. In addition, I have been able to attend regional conferences furthering my understanding of not only the Latinx community, but also other marginalized communities. I also currently serve as a Latino Student Association Officer and a Goizueta Scholarship recipient. As a student leader in these programs, I have worked with campus administrators to help bring more health services to our campus. I hope to continue collaborating with the Latinx community to establish continuous support systems in college and beyond.

Adriana Zarate
Kinesiology: Class of 2020
written 2019

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Sarah Lutes, UNC Asheville Seda Sahin, Univeristy of Connecticut Bernardo Villarreal Rodríguez, Universidad de Monterrey Elizabeth Paige, University of Baltimore Itzel Velazquez, University of Central Arkansas Jordan Borenstein, University of Central Florida Hunter Caudillo, University of Central Oklahoma Delali Nenonene, University of Dayton April Singleton, University of Delaware Amanda Wittebort, University of Denver Mikaela Lopez, University of Houston-Downtown Nicolas Robledo, University of Illinois at Chicago Natalie Benson, University of Indianapolis Jocelyn Roof, University of Iowa Kaitlyn Frick, University of Kentucky Dyamond Gray, University of La Verne Sarah Nichols, University of Maine at Augusta Maheen Haq, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Madison LaCure, University of Massachusetts - Boston Marvens Pierre, University of Massachusetts Amherst Elizabeth Anusauskas, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Twisha Mohapatra, University of Massachusetts Lowell Shravya Jasti, University of Miami Jalen Rose, University of Michigan-Dearborn Robert Harper, University of Minnesota Danielle Friz, University of Missouri - St. Louis Daisy Ward, University of Montana Adrianna Pittman, University of Montana Western Lizbeth Perez Hernandez, University of Nebraska Omaha Kaitlin Griffin, University of New Hampshire Joyce Yao, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Yesika Sorto Andino, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Adriana Zarate, University of North Georgia Hector Robledo, University of North Texas at Dallas Sashay Carroll, University of Northern Iowa Carson Ball, University of Oklahoma Carter Gale, University of Pennsylvania John Farris, University of Redlands Mary-Kate McGeary, University of Rhode Island Lina Tori Jan, University of Richmond Nina Schneider, University of San DIego Nyteia Tyler, University of San Francisco Karen Padilla, University of South Carolina Beaufort Danica Leaphart, University of South Carolina, Columbia Shaneika Bowra, University of the District of Columbia Livia Karoui, University of the South Jordyn Gaurkee, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Emiliana Lopez, University of Wisconsin - Madison Zach Atkins, University of Wisconsin - Parkside Madison Hale, University of Wisconsin-Superior
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