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Hannah Gill


(919) 962-5453 |

Hannah Gill has directed the Latino Migration Project since its inception in 2007. She is an anthropologist with a specialization in Latin American/Caribbean migration studies and the author of the book, “The Latino Migration Experience in North Carolina: New Roots in the Old North State.” She received a DPhil in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford, England. She is a native of North Carolina and an alumna of UNC Chapel Hill.    Full Bio >>

IMG_2037Jessica White

Research and Program Manager, Building Integrated Communities

(919) 962-2414 |

Jessica White is a bilingual research professional from the Latinx-majority U.S. city of Reading, PA. She has been collaborating with local governments and foreign-born, refugee, and Hispanic/Latinx residents for research and planning since 2012. White specializes in community-directed research, program evaluation, qualitative inquiry, and communications. She holds a MPH in Community Health Sciences from Boston University and a BA in Spanish and English from Temple University, where she was a Phi Beta Kappa recipient in Hispanic Studies. White has first- and co-authored multiple peer-reviewed research publications regarding cancer survivorship and health services utilization among women and girls with minority sexual orientations.

DSC03362-001 (1)Laura Villa Torres

Bilingual Outreach Assistant, New Roots Nuevas Raíces

Laura Villa Torres currently works at the Latino Migration Project as an Outreach Assistant. Laura holds a Master in Science in Public Health and is a Ph.D. candidate, both in the Department of Health Behavior at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She studied her bachelor’s degree in Sociology at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana – Xochimilco, in Mexico City, and her current research focuses on migration, health and intersectionality.

0da4d89-1Sara Peña

Program Associate, Institute for the Study of the Americas

Sara is an alumna of UNC Chapel Hill and received her M.Ed. from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. She graduated with a degree in Journalism, studied in Mexico and Cuba, and earned her M.S. in Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. She assists with communications, writing and disseminating information.