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Hometown: Riverhead, New York
School: State University of New York at Oneonta
Major: Biology
Placement: Poder Latinx

Daniela Hernandez was born in Puebla, Mexico, and raised in a small town called Tlaxcuapan to parents born in Puebla, Mexico. She comes from long generations of farmworkers, but due to economic hardship, her parents moved to the United States in hopes of providing quality education and life to their children. Daniela moved to Long Island, NY at the age of twelve after three years of working to become a resident.

After overcoming language barriers, she found great value in obtaining a higher education to become a role model to her siblings and those around her. She is now a first-year student and the first in her family to attend a four-year college at SUNY Oneonta with a declared major in Biology. She is planning to have a concentration on animal studies and inspire more women in her community to be involved in science. She finds great value in becoming an advocate that highlights the importance of women and ethnic minorities in science fields, and consumer consciousness that can greatly impact environmental issues.

As a CHCI Intern, Daniela wishes to obtain leadership skills that will pave the way for more opportunities in higher education and accentuate her knowledge about the legislative process.