Natalie Scenters-Zapico has worked with the Utah Cultural Center to create community inclusive celebrations for Día de Los Muertos. She has worked with students and members of the community to make traditional altars in a variety of spaces that allow for different levels of engagement with the two day celebration. In 2016 she built an altar for children who have died trying to cross the U.S.- México border and raised thousands of dollars to buy books for children in immigration detention centers.

She has also worked with students and community members of all ages on projects that help open dialogue about issues of race, gender, and identity. From 2013-2017 she advised the literary magazine TEPEYAC, which gave a space for high school students from all over Utah’s Salt Lake valley to create a concrete project to document these conversations.

Natalie actively tries to serve Latinx youth through mentorship, teaching, and community engagement. It is through this slow daily work that meaningful changes are made.


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