We Are the Class of 2020 Telling our story, one graduate at a time.

Isabella Galletto ’20

December 7, 2020

Isabella Galletto ’20  loves the fact that movies and television can inspire, influence and resonate with diverse people.

“I knew I had to be a part of it. I am so glad that UNCW helped me craft my passion and establish my own voice in this field,” said Galletto, who completed her degree in film studies in May 2020. “After officially being accepted into the film studies major, I felt lost in my journey, as I didn’t know if I was making the right decision. The ‘Introduction to Film Production' class reaffirmed my love for film and passion to create. I experimented in different aspects of film, which changed how I saw my future in the field.”

During the summer of 2019, Galletto had the opportunity to gain firsthand experience in the film industry as a development intern at Voltage Pictures in Los Angeles. She secured the internship with the help of UNCW’s film studies internship coordinator, Terry Linehan. She also explored film through personal projects in documentary and narrative film production. Galletto received an Undergraduate Creative-Activity and Scholarship Award from the College of Arts and Sciences to purchase equipment for her work.

“I aspire to explore the fluidity that creativity can bring to my future career as I curate projects of my own and produce creations to share with the world,” said Galletto, a Charlotte native. “Whether that is through getting a master’s degree or entering into the workforce, 2021 will be a year of innovation.”

As a student, when Galletto wasn’t making films, she was contributing to the Seahawk community, serving as MI CASA mentor, president of Seahawk Admissions Network for Diversity, a resident assistant, vice president of Habitat for Humanity, and for the past four years, a National Residence Hall Honorary, which recognizes individuals who have contributed to the advancement of college and university housing. She was awarded the 2020 Rachel Freeman Service Leadership Award for her commitment to service to others, her sense of selflessness, a commitment to and promotion of social justice and collaboration with others to enact social change.

“I am so proud to represent my community and continue to do so after I leave UNCW,” she said.

One of the things Galletto will miss most at UNCW is Centro Hispano, which she credits for her advancement at the university.

“Without the resources offered and the amazing mentors, friends and memories I made at our center, I would be graduating as a different person,” she said. “To my Latinx and POC communities, I want to encourage those entering college that anything is possible. Don’t be afraid to take up space. Find your support system, love yourself and never doubt your place in the world. We can offer so much and lift each other up in the process as future leaders, engineers, creators and icons will come from our communities! Sí se puede!”

-- Venita Jenkins