Indira Guzman, a co-founder, and director at the Community Language Cooperative. After her Chicano Studies degree at Metro State University, Indira has acted as a liaison for the Spanish-speaking community throughout Denver. Indira lives with her two children in Sheridan, Colorado where she is a fierce advocate for equitable education. Indira currently sits as a board member for the Sanctuary Christian Fellowship and Commún Denver and is part of the leadership team with Sheridan Rising Together for Equity. Indira enjoys spending time with her children and traveling for enjoyment. Indira is dedicated to building local capacity using the Language Justice model to build vibrant and effective multilingual spaces to foster open communication across languages and cultures.
Jennifer’s experience comes from the leadership and administration skills gained as a Third Class Boatswain’s Mate during her time in the military. Jennifer is a Navy Veteran awarded many medals including a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. She grew up and lives in the Globeville neighborhood in Denver, where she is an active and engaged community member. Her hobbies include photography, exercise, and spending time with family and friends.
Jose Manuel Ramirez Perez
Jose has been with the Community Language Cooperative for 18 months. He has a bachelor’s degree in International Business from La Universidad del Valle de México in Aguascalientes. He is currently working on his master’s degree in finance. Jose is always eager to help and learn while meeting amazing people in the process. In his free time, he likes to spend time with his friends and family, watching movies and observing the stars and planets with a telescope.
Gabriela manages billing and accounts payable. She is currently at La Universidad Politécnica de Aguascalientes, working on a bachelor’s degree in International Business. Her passion is travel, meeting new people and new cultures.
Cielo Estrada Garcia
Cielo has just finished her degree in Psychology at the Universidad del Valle de Mexico.
She enjoys the company of her family and friends, new experiences, and enjoys meeting new people. In her spare time, she likes to exercise, rest, going to the movies, or taking a long walk.
She is a person who does everything from her heart and that is why she is passionate about language justice because she gives voice, life, and strength to the language of the hearts of others.
Language Justice Practitioner / Interpreter
As Sam pursued his own career goals in the architectural design field, he found that the skills he had developed as a young man came in handy as he was assigned to projects in Mexico and South America. Full construction plans and documents were designed in English but needed to be “tropicalized” so that local contractors could follow the design documents in Spanish.
This realization led to the idea that every space in every industry needs to have linguistically diverse voices that can offer and contribute to the success of any project or endeavor.