Osvelia Valverde was raised north of Winston-Salem in the small town of Pinnacle. Growing up, she enjoyed hiking Pilot Mountain and picking strawberries from the local farms. She joined the Salem College Office of Admissions in 2017.
Osvelia’s parents immigrated to the United States before she was born, and this has shaped the way in which she has navigated her life and has motivated her educational aspirations. She is a first-generation American and first-generation college student. Osvelia graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology with minors in education and Latina/o Studies. During undergrad, she focused her attention on educational inequity, working alongside various diverse groups, and reaching out to the community. She identifies as Xicana, and she maintains her passions of indigeneity, feminism, and social justice through activism and desire to spread cultural awareness.
After graduation, Osvelia was accepted as a 2015 Corps Member for Teach For America in Eastern North Carolina. Education has been the focal point of Osvelia’s career aspirations and this has led her to her current position. She hopes to continue her work with the Latina/o community and leading first generation students towards higher education.