Our policy research/civic engagement team works to address social and policy challenges by advancing scholarly research that emphasizes outcomes for the Latino community. Currently, the team is compiling a comprehensive report on the Latino demographic in Colorado. In this report, we hope to identify areas for growth and areas for improvement for the Latino community in Colorado. Our hope is that this report proves a valuable resource for state leaders and lawmakers as they work to create future policy.
Policy Researcher / AnalystMy name is Emily Cervantes and I am happy to join CLLARO as a volunteer. Although I am a native of El Paso, TX, I have lived in Denver for the past 20 years and consider this state home. I am especially interested in healthcare and educational outcomes for the Latino community. Many of my family members work in public education as educators in predominantly immigrant communities. I have a B.A. in English Writing and a minor in Ethnic Studies from the University of Colorado. After graduating with Summa Cum Laude honors, I spent several years working as an elementary school registrar/ assistant before enrolling as a law student at The University of Colorado School of Law. As a law student, I recognized that my true passion was not in practicing law, but in policy analysis and nonprofit work. It was at this time that I changed my course study and transferred to a master’s program. I earned a masters degree in public administration with an emphasis on nonprofit management. As part of my graduate course of study, I learned how to perform policy analysis and research, including statistical analysis. I am also a successful small business owner and run my small online jewelry design store on my free time.
I live in Denver with my husband, our two daughters, a dog, a cat, a goldfish, a frog, and two tarantulas. When I’m not reading, writing, or designing jewelry, I’m working on my culinary skills and experimenting with new flavors. I also enjoy making traditional Mexican food that my husband and daughters enjoy eating. I am also working on a collection of poetry that focuses on the unique experiences of growing up Mexican-American in a border city. One of my previous poems was published in a literary journal and another was featured alongside the work of other poets and archeological artifacts as part of a museum instillation on written art telling stories of our past.
Policy Researcher / AnalystMichelle received her BA from California State University Monterey Bay in Collaborative Health & Human Services with an emphasis in Social Work and a minor in Spanish Language & Hispanic Cultures. She has over 15 years’ experience working with Nonprofits in diverse underserved communities; adults, youth and families. Michelle completed an internship at Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Cruz. While there, in fulfillment of her Capstone Community Based Project; she developed resource tools enabling current and emancipated foster youth of CASA to have easy access to needed services and supports. Her record of accomplishments, educational learning and personal experience to-date include, an internship with Congressman Sam Farr and a Certificate of Recognition by the Honorable Nathan Fletcher, 75th Assembly District, for Outstanding Young Leadership. Michelle has been serving various communities in Colorado within the Mental Health and Medical field since 2013. Michelle’s passion is to make a difference in her communities, and she have strived to do that as an advocate. Michelle is currently attending Columbia University for her Master’s of Science in Social Work with an emphasis in Advanced Clinical; Medical, Mental Health and Disabilities. In order, to gain additional necessary background and education needed to be successful in the field of social work. She joins CLLARO to serve our community for Civic Engagement & Advocacy Management.