Jessica Aguilar

UNCW / NC State University

Biography

Jessica Aguilar is a Master’s student in the Public Administration program at North Carolina State University. Jessica’s experience has been working in various youth outreach organizations and college access programs. She has worked at UNC Wilmington’s Centro Hispano, interned for N.C. Cooperative Extension in Pender County, and as the Juntos 4-H Club Program Coordinator at Pender High School. Jessica has also been a member of Habitat for Humanity, Centro Hispano Embajadores and a mentor in the MI CASA Mentoring Program and the Latino Alliance in Wilmington. Some of the work that Jessica has done throughout the Juntos 4-H program includes increasing the sense of belonging among Latinx students and families in their school and communities, achieving high school graduation, and increasing the percentage of Latinx students pursuing higher education. She has also worked with students in other surrounding counties such as Brunswick, Pender, New Hanover, and Duplin County. One of Jessica’s accomplishments include receiving the Outstanding Community Service Award for Hurricane Florence Relief Efforts through the Centro Hispano Embajadores organization. Jessica primarily works with students that identify as Hispanic/Latinx and families that come from immigrant backgrounds. Jessica currently serves as the Graduate Assistant for the Juntos office at North Carolina State University.