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Leslie Hernandez

March 12, 2018

Making a difference in her community is something Leslie Hernandez ’18 is quite familiar with. As a member of the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement, Hernandez serves as a community engagement specialist, a role that allows her to collaborate with her peers as they use their skills and knowledge to help improve the community and interact with students on campus.

“I enjoy spending a couple hours out of my week working with others to serve the community and help students prosper in reaching their mission,” said Hernandez. “Being a part of the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement for the last three years has been one of my best experiences at UNCW.”

Born in Bronx, New York, Hernandez and her family relocated to Charlotte when she was a child. She describes the move as “life-changing” as it opened up the world for her. Her mom, originally from the Dominican Republic, and dad, originally from Puerto Rico, aimed to make a better life for their daughter, encouraging her to pursue new opportunities including higher education.

“My parents’ encouragement and determination are what helped me get to where I am today. Every day I am grateful that my parents instilled those values and ideas,” said Hernandez. “A lot of what I do today is because my parents believe in me and pushed me to work hard.”

Now in her senior year, Hernandez is the current president of Seahawk Admissions Network for Diversity, a student group that works with UNCW's Office of Admissions to recruit incoming students by providing campus tours and participating in open house events. She also serves as the Bachelor of Social Work representative on the College of Health and Human Services Dean’s Student Leadership Advisory Council. In addition, Hernandez volunteers at B.R.I.D.G.E.S. of Wilmington, a minority-owned case management service that serves individuals with chronic illnesses.

When Hernandez is not in class or working within the community, she enjoys spending time with her roommates and friends. After graduation in May, she plans to become a member of AmeriCorps. 

“The specific program I would love to join is the National Health Corps,” said Hernandez. “This program connects those in need to health and wellness education, benefits and services, and ensuring vulnerable communities have access to quality healthcare. I would love for this to be the next stage in my life so I can continue to help improve a community and make a difference.”

--Matt Stephenson ‘20M