Natalya is studying Political Science and Philosophy at Augsburg University, where she is active in the Multicultural Student Services Center as their student office assistant. She also has held board positions on a few student organizations on campus including Women for Political Change as their Co-President and founder, Augsburg Womxn Empowered as their Vice President and the Augsburg Latin American Students organization as their Secretary.
Off campus, Natalya was first introduced to government and politics through her internship with former State Representatives Ilhan Omar and Peggy Flanagan as well as at the Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs in their Immigration sector.
Her passion for serving underrepresented communities led her to a local non-profit in the Twin Cities called Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES), where she served as their economic vitality intern, connecting immigrant families to community resources to help them attain independence and self-sufficiency.
Directing her focus toward community engagement through teaching and mentorship, Natalya is currently a teaching assistant at CLUES for one of their Citizenship Preparation classes where she uses storytelling to help students connect more deeply with the material. Natalya also serves as the Latinx Student Services Intern at Augsburg where she assists many Latinx first-year and transfer students in their transition to college. In her experiences, she has come to see the ways in which access to communal resources can effectively change the lives of so many individuals. Natalya has become dedicated to fighting systemic, social, and racial injustices and hopes that in the future she is able to effectively push for the positive changes she hopes to see within many recently-immigrated and low-income communities through accessible resources and community support.