Bianca Hernandez, a recent UNCP graduate, has been recognized by the United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) organization as one of its “25 Under 25 Native Youth Leaders.”
The national program recognizes and celebrates the achievements of 25 outstanding Native youth leaders who exemplify UNITY’s core mission and exudes living a balanced life developing their spiritual, mental, physical and social well-being.
Hernandez descends from the Gila River Indian Community in southern Arizona.
“As a graduating senior of UNC Pembroke, this is such a prestigious method of acknowledging my education, commitment and community service,” she said.
“I am returning home to my people with a bachelor’s degree and being able to give back to my community is such a blessing. I am now even more qualified to make a true impact on the future of my tribe. I stand as a role model to all youth in the community, but specifically my five younger siblings.
“I am the example for them and have shown them it is possible to receive a higher education, despite the statistics provided. I am living example of native youth defeating the statistics.”
Hernandez graduated in May with a bachelors degree in Business Administration degree, with a concentration in finance.
Normally, the honorees are recognized at UNITY’s national conference, but due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, the in-person conference has been cancelled.
However, a virtual conference is now planned along with a 25 Under 25 recognition event.