Born in New York to a Colombian mother and Ecuadorian father, Michelle (pronouns: she/her/hers) moved to North Carolina when she was 12. She has been here for over 15 years and is comfortable calling Raleigh home. A proud graduate of North Carolina State University, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. Her passion for community began when, while in high school, she began volunteering her time with iNSIDEoUT, a non-profit organization based in Durham that strives to give a safe space to LGBTQ+ youth. This led to her seeking employment at a non-profit organization, where she could use her motivation, experience, and skills to support positive change in the community after graduating from college. She hopes to continue supporting El Pueblo’s mission as a staff and community member. “It’s a way for me to connect with other Latinos and stay grounded in my culture,” she explains. “It’s also a way for me to fight for my community and connect with others that are passionate about the rights of all community members.”  In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her cat, creating art, seeing live music, being with friends and family, and watching movies.

 

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