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Fall 2020 CHCI-Valero Intern

Hometown: Plano, Texas
School: Texas A&M University
Major: Chemical Engineering

Carolina was born and raised in Plano, Texas by her Mexican-Panamanian mother and Panamanian-American father. She has three sisters, but eight years of an age difference between each of them means they didn’t all live in one home together at the same time. However, this didn’t stop them from becoming each other’s best friends. Growing up, Carolina was taught to embrace her Latina heritage and was fortunate enough to travel to several places in Latin America to visit family and learn more about her culture.

Entering her junior year of college, Carolina is studying chemical engineering at Texas A&M University. On-campus, she has been involved with an organization called MSC Freshman Leadership International, which focuses on developing global-minded leaders. During her sophomore year, she was the executive director of programming for the organization, helping to lead and improve the annual collection drive for refugee children living in Houston, Texas. She has continually been encouraged by friends and family to explore her leadership potential, as she aspires to be a role model who enacts positive change in the future. Through a career in engineering, she hopes to be in a position that inspires future women in STEM to be confident in themselves and their careers, as it is still a male-dominated field.

As a CHCI Intern, Carolina wants to deepen her understanding of the policies that directly affect communities. Through this, she could become a better community leader and inspire direct, systemic changes that positively impact her society.