Diana is a first-generation college graduate and an alumni of Student DREAMers Alliance’s first cohort. As a DACA student, Diana faced several challenges in pursuing a higher education in South Carolina. Current South Carolina laws restrict DACA students from accessing in-state tuition and state financial aid. Diana believed for a long time she would not be able to attend college as a DACA student, but with the immense support and love she received from her family, friends, and teachers, she was able to persevere. In these moments, Diana realized that her immigration status did not define her potential and identity. Later, Diana attended Wingate University on a full-ride scholarship as a Golden Doors Scholars student.
4 years later, Diana graduated with college honors and a Bachelor of Science in Human Services. During her time at Wingate, Diana focused her career and efforts in community health. She was a part of Interfaith America’s Faith in the Vaccine project, where she worked as an ambassador to help promote and educate about COVID-19 vaccinations in BIPOC communities. Diana continues to focus her career in researching health access disparities and advocating for equitable access to healthcare.