Diana Paola Vela Martinez, 2018 Intern

Diana Paola Vela Martinez is a fourth year student at the University of North Georgia, majoring in Business Marketing and minoring in Leadership. She was brought to the United States at the young age of 4 from Chiapas, Mexico. She currently resides in the city of Gainesville and is actively involved in the community.

She currently works as a Director for The Hispanic Organization Promoting Education and canvasses for GALEO. Her passion arises from being raised in a single mother household and seeing the sacrifices made for her to continue her education. She feels blessed for her journey as a DACA student and is grateful to be able to study as a Goizueta Scholar.


She began advocating for Immigrant rights at the age of 17 and has continued to lend her voice. Diana aspires to continue her work with nonprofits and  dreams to one day serve the public as a State Representative and push for Georgia to continue opening their doors to immigrants and to create a safe & equal community for all.


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