Casey Barr-Rios


Student U Finance and HR Manager



Casey's primary responsibility is
to manage our finances & human resources so that our organization can develop and administer high-quality programming to our community.

Casey's Why:
As an alum of the Student U program, I know first-hand the tremendous value of this organization and its belief of all students succeeding. I invest in Student U because I want to give back to the community that has given me so much over more than half of my entire life at this point and to walk alongside our students in both their education and life journeys. Who better to walk along our students than those of us who have been on the journey that they will embark on.

Casey outside of Student U:
When I am not in the Student U office you can bet i’m either traveling back home to Panama, spending lots of time with my family, or enjoying transforming and inspiring women of all ages through my side hustle Lola Beauty. I am the founder and lead makeup artists and love seeing women radiate after every makeover and being a special part of their special days such as weddings, quinceaneras, etc.

Advice Casey finds valuable:
Always remember where you came from. Remembering where I come from, where I was and who I was years ago constantly grounds me in the work that I do every day. Never lose sight of that.



Other organizations Casey is involved with:
Chapter Founder of the Alpha Beta Chapter of Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. , NCCU Latino/Latina Advisory Committee , RISE Fellowship Program, Founder & Lead Makeup Artist Lola Beauty

North Carolina Central University

Course of study:

Student U start date:
September 2017
Student U Class of 2014