Andrea Prego – Undergraduate Diversity Award
ANDREA PREGO (’21)
Business Administration major, Public Policy minor
Andrea Stephania Prego is a junior at UNC-Chapel Hill majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Public Policy. Originally from Managua, Nicaragua, Andrea is devoted to empowering the Latino community both in the U.S. and back home. Uprooted from her homeland at a young age, she’s constantly battled trying to find a balance between growing up in the U.S. and remembering the traditions, language, and memories of her birthplace. After returning to Nicaragua for the first time in 13 years, she learned that by allowing her upbringing to be a part of her everywhere she goes, she would never forget where she came from. Through this newfound dedication to embrace her culture, she wanted to inspire her community to reach for similar aspirations. In the past five years, she has promoted the advancement of her local Latinx community through various leadership roles in her community and volunteer work. She has been recognized as a Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar, Latin Americans Working for Achievement Scholar, and as one of North Carolina’s Latinx 20 Under 20. When she arrived at UNC three years ago, she was excited to continue her work. In the fall of 2018, after a civil rights protest in Nicaragua resulted in the imprisonment of her cousin, she hosted a panel with distinguished professors and experts on the Nicaraguan crisis to help spread awareness of the situation to the UNC community.
Since 2018, she has been a member, and now serves as President, of Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority Inc., an organization dedicated to empowering the local Latinx community. She is also a board member of the Community, Equity, and Inclusion Board at Kenan-Flagler Business School, where she works with peers and faculty members to create programs that empower all of the silenced voices within a stereotypically homogenous environment. As she continues to dedicate her time and energy to these various leadership roles, she continues to fight alongside her family in Nicaragua by educating her peers on the political crisis through different social media platforms. Andrea plans to continue representing her community wherever her career path takes her. For now, she is undertaking independent research, where she will investigate the effects of responsibly traded coffee on Nicaraguan farmers and their local communities. Through this, she hopes to find solutions to the cycles of poverty that exist in rural agricultural towns in Nicaragua. She’s beyond grateful for all the opportunities that UNC has brought her and is honored to continue her work alongside the friends, peers, family, and professors that continuously motivate and inspire her every day.