Nicole has worked to give a voice to those who have traditionally been marginalized, and in order to accomplish this, she draws from her experience as a first-generation Latina. She grew up in the small border town of Nogales, Arizona, where she volunteered with the Kino Border Initiative to create a just and humane migration programs between the US and Mexico. Inspired to continue helping, Nicole obtained a degree in International Affairs from Northern Arizona University, where she worked for the Institute for Human Development as a research assistant, creating and delivering literacy curricula to pre-school and elementary school children who are at-risk of reading and comprehension difficulties. Nicole received the Gabriela Mistral Award for her strong commitment to education and to promoting multicultural understanding. In continuing with her mission, Nicole is excited to form part of Girls Inc. She believes that education and girl empowerment is key to the future and is excited to bring her bilingual/bicultural background to Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest.
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Seleste Sanchez, Eureka! Program Coordinator
Seleste recently moved to Portland from Salt Lake City, Utah. She has a background in cultural anthropology and has worked on several research projects throughout Latin America including some community development work with the Q’eqchi’ Maya living around Laguna Lachuá. During her time in Latin America she learned a lot about commodities, international trade, sustainable development work, and the complex ways that a lack of infrastructure continue to contribute to poverty. In her graduate studies she focused on the displacement of populations, the construction of identities through narration, and the lasting effects of colonialism. Seleste helped resettle refugee families in the Salt Lake area as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the International Rescue Committee in 2010. Through her experiences she has learned to value the importance of cultural diversity, inclusivity, and equality. She is excited to put her skills to work with the Girls Inc. Pacific Northwest Team.
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Sarah Zengel, Program Coordinator
Sarah grew up on the Jersey Shore, where she started an educational company as a teenager. This business afforded her the opportunity to attend Temple University in Philadelphia, where she received her bachelor's degree in public health. Sarah began working with several organizations that sought to serve disadvantaged communities with health education. The work with those organizations included traveling to Jamaica to work with The Women's Centre of Jamaica as well as the Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. After moving back to New Jersey, Sarah focused her attention on her homegrown business and integrating STEM curricula into local schools. She recently moved to Portland and found herself eager to work with another Girls Inc. affiliate. Sarah pairs her previous work with Girls Inc. and passion for providing quality programming to girls in her position here in the Pacific Northwest.