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Manuela Salazar

Born and raised in Colombia, Manuela earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and social communication from the University of Manizales in Colombia. She also holds a Master’s degree in Leadership Development from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Terre Haute, Indiana. She began her career in Bogota as a journalist, reporter, and TV Anchor at the international news channel NTN24. After that, she worked for the government as Digital Editor at the Minister of Foreign Affairs and as Chief Communication Officer for the Security Advisor of the President of Colombia. In 2014 Manuela moved to Indianapolis, where she worked at the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana as a Manager of the Hispanic Initiative and Director of Community Engagement. Currently, Manuela works at Marian University as the Executive Director of Latino Leadership, where she continues doing what she is passionate about, supporting Latino youth. In this position, Manuela forms strategic community partnerships, creates intercultural engagement, recruits students, and promotes Latino student success. 2022 Recipient Elevated Latinos under 40 Award by the Indiana Latino Institute. Recognized as a Shining Star 2022 at Marian University