Yesika Sorto Andino

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Yesika Sorto Andino is a third year Levine Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has worked tirelessly with children and adults who have arrived in Charlotte as immigrants and refugees. Her volunteer and research activities have centered on educational programming for adults and curriculum delivery and assessment for children. In addition to working through established agencies to provide translation, tutoring, and college application assistance, she has helped bring high school students to our campus and created new student organizations for Latinx 49ers. Her current research activities focus on identifying healthy, local food options in minority neighborhoods and assessing educational models for supporting refugee and immigrant children.

Dr. Philip L. Dubois
Chancellor
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Personal Statement

I arrived at my elementary school an English Language Learner (ELL). It was this identity marker that drove my desire to help immigrant and refugee communities, but more specifically, to provide educational support for other ELL students throughout Charlotte, NC. I've volunteered with organizations providing educational, health, legal and financial resources to immigrant and refugee populations, such as the International House and Latin American Coalition. My time at ourBRIDGE For Kids, an after-school program providing educational and socio-emotional support for refugee and immigrant students, has increased my desire to work with ELL's in the future. Currently, alongside a professor, I'm evaluating the impact ourBRIDGE has had on the students and the greater community by analyzing teaching strategies and curriculum development through ethnographic research. I'm also developing an educational enrichment program for minority students in the community to provide them with an exposure to higher education. I've also examined the intersection between educational, racial, and health equity by researching access to healthy food options throughout predominantly minority neighborhoods, where a large portion of refugee and immigrant populations live. In the future, I hope to work in the educational policy field and address the needs of ELL students on a broader scope.

Yesika Sorto Andino
Political Science; Sociology (minors in Public Health and Children's Literature): 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 Malaika Michel-Fuller, University of Northern Colorado 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 Andrew Spencer, University of St. Thomas 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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