Natalia was born in Bogotá, Colombia and came to the U.S. in 1995 to continue with her graduate studies and escape the Colombian violence, which at that time was shaped by the growing drug trade. She was finishing her degree in economics when the number of kidnaps, extortions, intimidations and murders became grotesque and unprecedented, even for Colombian standards. These observations of violence eventually brought her to sociology as a field of study. Now she is a Professor in the UCD’s Chicana/o Studies Department. Her latest book Community-Based Participatory Research: Testimonios from Chicana/o Studies, (with UAP) is an anthology on Chicana/o researchers’ experiences when implementing community based participatory research, which showcases the complexity of doing activist scholarship, the variety of ways it may be implemented, how it has been used to create sustainable change, and the challenges to create community empowerment. She is currently exploring how the SARS-COVID-2 pandemic is being experienced by so-called Latinas/os essential workers and how do they endure compounding vulnerabilities. By centering their voices she is examining their needs, risks, strengths, assets, as well as the role they want to play in building a more just an equitable work place.
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