Spring 2021

Jennifer Manzano (GALEO Intern Fall 2020 and Spring 2021)

Jennifer Manzano formerly served as one of our interns for our Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 internships. Born and raised in Clayton County to two industrious Mexican immigrants, she continues to experience the intersectionality faced with being a first generation Chicana and by those of marginalized communities in the United States.

Currently a Senior and POSSE Scholar at Brandeis University, she is pursuing a degree in Health, Science, Society, & Policy and Latin American Latino Studies with a minor in Legal Studies. While newly living independently in an unfamiliar state, she quickly found her passion in activism specifically in the immigration and healthcare system. Since, she has worked in the Emergency Department of Massachusetts General hospital and for the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy as a research assistant studying the various discrepancies in healthcare for people with different social and economic backgrounds.

While serving as a student board member at her university’s first generation program and becoming involved in the Boston chapter of the grassroots organization Movimiento Cosecha that fights for dignity, respect, and permanent protection for all immigrants, Jennifer has learned the power and movement in amplifying marginalized voices. She’s excited to embark on her journey with GALEO and looks forward to learning from a network of professionals on how to advance Latinx representation on a governmental level.

Stefany Alvarado

Stefany Alvarado is a trilingual immigrant woman born in Guanajuato, Mexico and raised in Rome, Georgia. She is graduating from Georgia State University in May 2021 with a bachelor’s in journalism, bachelor’s in French and minor in speech communications.

During her undergraduate career, Alvarado has taught health literacy in the Dominican Republic, has mentored Latinx high school students and has written a thesis analyzing media coverage of undocumented Latino immigrants.

Her mission is to continue representing and advocating for marginalized communities, starting with the Latino populace.

Rodrigo Ruiz-Tello

Rodrigo Ruiz-Tello is currently an intern for the 2021 Spring semester. He was born and raised in Griffin, GA, but his parents are immigrants from Michoacán, Mexico. Rodrigo is currently a sophomore at Georgia State University where he in majoring in political science, minoring in criminal justice, and working to receive his certification of language ability in Spanish. After graduation, Rodrigo is hoping to attend law school, so that he can achieve his dream of being an immigration or real estate attorney. Rodrigo believes that it is important to work towards helping Latinos across the country achieve higher education so that Latino representation on the political level can increase.

Fall 2020

Natalia Dutra (GALEO Fellow Spring, Summer, and Fall 2020)

Natalia Barbosa Dutra is currently an intern for the spring semester. She was born in Marietta, Georgia after her parents immigrated from Recife, Pernambuco in Brasil. While much of her early life was spent in Marietta, she later moved to Kennesaw.

After high school, Natalia decided to pursue higher education at Georgia State University. She is currently majoring in Political Science with a concentration in Pre-Law and a minor in Spanish. After completing her bachelor’s degree, she plans on pursuing a master’s and applying for law school in succession.

With a strong interest in politics, Natalia hopes that this internship will provide more knowledge of the legislative process and how to better serve the Latino community. Being trilingual, she also hopes that this internship will increase her confidence when utilizing Spanish.

Laura Jimenez

Laura Fernanda Jimenez is currently an intern for the Fall 2020 semester. She was born in Bogota, Colombia and immigrated from there with her mother when she was four years old. Since then, she has lived in different cities within Gwinnett County, Georgia.

After attending high school at the Gwinnett School of Mathematics Science and Technology, she began to pursue her undergraduate Psychology degree at the University of Georgia. Along with her bachelor’s degree, she is also on track to receive a minor in Political Science and Chinese Language and Literature. She is wrapping up her senior year there and plans onattending law school in the coming year.

Because of her life experience as an undocumented immigrant and newly naturalized citizen, Laura wants to use her degree to give back a community that desperately needs civic and political representation, opportunities for advancement, and reliable information. Laura is excited to be on the GALEO team because she hopes that this internship will allow her to
reach many brothers and sisters that need just that.

Jennifer Manzano (GALEO Intern Fall 2020 and Spring 2021)

Jennifer Manzano formerly served as one of our interns for our Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 internships. Born and raised in Clayton County to two industrious Mexican immigrants, she continues to experience the intersectionality faced with being a first generation Chicana and by those of marginalized communities in the United States.

Currently a Senior and POSSE Scholar at Brandeis University, she is pursuing a degree in Health, Science, Society, & Policy and Latin American Latino Studies with a minor in Legal Studies. While newly living independently in an unfamiliar state, she quickly found her passion in activism specifically in the immigration and healthcare system. Since, she has worked in the Emergency Department of Massachusetts General hospital and for the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy as a research assistant studying the various discrepancies in healthcare for people with different social and economic backgrounds.

While serving as a student board member at her university’s first generation program and becoming involved in the Boston chapter of the grassroots organization Movimiento Cosecha that fights for dignity, respect, and permanent protection for all immigrants, Jennifer has learned the power and movement in amplifying marginalized voices. She’s excited to embark on her journey with GALEO and looks forward to learning from a network of professionals on how to advance Latinx representation on a governmental level.

Giselle Simental-Guerrero

Giselle Simental is a first-generation Mexican-American student. She is a senior at the University of North Georgia majoring in Political Science with a minor in foreign languages. Those languages include Spanish and Arabic. After undergraduate school, Giselle hopes to go to graduate school and work towards a master’s degree in either International Relations or Business Administration.  She was born and raised in Gainesville, GA, but her parents are from Durango, Mexico. A piece of Giselle’s heart belongs to it as well.
Giselle believes that the immigrant community is what holds the economy together. She believes that her parents are some of those people. Increasing civic engagement among immigrants, no matter their race or nationality, is what she is hoping to accomplish.

Oscar Lanza (GALEO Legal Intern)

Oscar Lanza Menjivar is our current Legal Intern for the Fall Semester of 2020. He is proud to call Atlanta home and is the son of Honduran immigrants. He received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice from Georgia State University and is a current 2L at Emory University School of Law.

Oscar is passionate about issues relating to diversity, access to justice, and technology. He has previously served as the Vice President for the Hispanic Law Student Association (HLSA), as the Public Outreach Chair for the Mercer Technology & Intellectual Property Society, and has volunteered with Nation of Dreamers as a graphic designer.

He is fully bilingual (Spanish and English) with conversational proficiency in French. Oscar is eager to utilize his skills to empower the Latino community in Georgia and believes strongly in promoting voter turnout in underrepresented communities.

Spring 2020

Natalia Dutra (GALEO Fellow Spring, Summer, and Fall 2020)

Natalia Barbosa Dutra is currently an intern for the spring semester. She was born in Marietta, Georgia after her parents immigrated from Recife, Pernambuco in Brasil. While much of her early life was spent in Marietta, she later moved to Kennesaw.

After high school, Natalia decided to pursue higher education at Georgia State University. She is currently majoring in Political Science with a concentration in Pre-Law and a minor in Spanish. After completing her bachelor’s degree, she plans on pursuing a master’s and applying for law school in succession.

With a strong interest in politics, Natalia hopes that this internship will provide more knowledge of the legislative process and how to better serve the Latino community. Being trilingual, she also hopes that this internship will increase her confidence when utilizing Spanish.

 

Cyntia Sosa (GALEO Fellow Spring and Summer 2020)

Cyntia Sosa is currently an intern for the Spring 2020 position. She was born and raised in Lawrenceville, Georgia but her family is originally from Durango, Mexico. She lived in Mexico for a year when she was younger and gained double citizenship for Mexico and the United States. She is the middle child and the only girl in her family, with an older and younger brother.

Cyntia is a junior majoring in Social Work at Georgia State University. During her senior year in high school, she was awarded the Goizueta Pipeline Foundation scholarship, which has provided her with many opportunities such as leadership development and traveling experiences. She also works as a mentor in the Latinx Leadership Initiative where she is able to go to different high schools and talk to the students about succeeding in college. She enjoys volunteering with different organizations such as Trees Atlanta and at her local church.

During the course of the internship, Cyntia hopes to be able to do more work in order to advocate for immigration rights. She wants to give back to her community, as she has many family and friends who are in difficult situations because of their immigration status. She also hopes to gain more knowledge about civic engagement that could help her in her future career as a social work practitioner.

Fall 2019

Nancy Ramirez

Nancy Ramirez is a graduate student at Georgia State University and is pursuing a Master’s in Religious Studies. She previously interned for GALEO.

Currently at Georgia State University she serves as the President for the Religious Studies Student Forum which is a student led organization that strives to facilitate communication between faculty and students, and better inform others on this field of academic study. The organization plans different events that inform about current religious laws and policies, demonstrate possible career opportunities, and helps students attend and present at academic conferences. In addition, Nancy works as a Research Assistant for Dr. Bassett, the department chair of the Religious Studies Department at Georgia State University.

Karen Padilla

Karen Padilla is Guatemalan and Honduran born in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a first generation college student who strives to serve the undocumented community. Karen is currently enrolled as a 3rd year student at Georgia State University. She is studying Political Science with a concentration in Pre-Law.

Her passion for Political Science and Law began after seeing the struggles of undocumented family friends being separated due to deportation. Her goal is to attend law school when she graduates from her undergraduate studies. She became a sister of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated in Spring 2019 where she serves as the Political Education Initiative Chair for 2019-2020. Through this position, she is able to create nonpartisan political events to promote voting and census registration.

Nonetheless, her passion lies in serving her community. Her goal in GIL is to further her professional skills and continue to serve her Latinx community. She strives to bring her confidence and strong work ethic to this organization to promote immigrant rights and voting rights.