Nayleny Banda

Program Assistant

At less than a year old, Nayleny Banda migrated to the United States from Mexico. More specifically, her family moved to Greensboro, NC. After graduating high school, she attended Guilford Technical Community College and received an Associates degree in Fine Arts and most recently graduated from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work in May 2022, with a concentration in School Social Work. Currently, Nayleny resides in Raleigh, NC where she is a graduate student in the Advanced Standing Master’s of Social Work program at North Carolina State University. She is also a member of the Hunt Institute’s 3rd cohort of John M. Belk Impact Fellows, where she works with myFutureNC and the Hunt Institute. Additionally, Nayleny was one of the individuals who spoke in front of the Guilford County Board of Education to get the High Point Newcomers School named after Sylvia Mendez, making this the first school in North Carolina named after a person of Latinx decent. As an avid advocate for undocumented individuals, Nayleny hopes to pave the way to make higher education more accessible and equitable using a Macro-Level Social Work lens.