Manuela is Director of Community Partnerships at the Center for Community-based Learning and Research (CU Engage) at the University of Colorado – Boulder, where she cultivates and sustains relationships between CU Engage and the greater university community to carry out collaborative projects that advance the public good. Manuela’s diverse work history on projects and initiatives that serve immigrant, border, and other marginalized communities has focused on issues of social justice and equity, be it language access, affordable and quality housing, or reproductive health. Raised both in Guatemala and the United States, she is bilingual and bicultural.
Manuela is a co-founder of Colectivo Cultura, a group of artists and non-artists that work to promote the artistic and cultural expressions from Latin America in and around Boulder County and has been a key player in organizing the Noches de Peña at the Dairy. She is one-half of the DJ duo Manuela y Sebastián playing music in Spanish on KGNU Community Radio.
Manuela holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Colorado, as well as Master of Public Health and Master of Public Administration degrees from the University of Michigan. She’s a translator, a certified medical interpreter and an advocate for language access policies, as well as an active member of the Colorado Translators Association and the American Translators Association.