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Rosa Manzo

Rosa D. Manzo is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Center for Transnational Health. Rosa obtained her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Education Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. She received her Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis on School Organization and Educational Policy from the School of Education at the University of California, Davis. Her research interest include rural education, Latino/a Health Disparities, Latino/as in Education and Policy, Health and Education Intersections, and Community-Based Participatory Action Research. As a doctoral student at the University of California, Davis, Rosa became involved with a predominately Latino community of Knights Landing, about 20 miles North from the UC Davis campus. Knights Landing residents lack access to resources to provide their children with extended opportunities outside their marginalized community. She worked closely with parents to build a coalition with a nonprofit organization in order to address the relocation of students after the closure of the local school. She has also worked on projects examining the culturally relevant pedagogies to teach science to English Language Learners, and analyzing the retention of underrepresented students in the STEM fields. Currently, she is a researcher for Niños Sanos, Familia Sana, a childhood obesity study in the Central Valley. For the past three years, she has been working closely with parents and community members participating in the project to establish a community-school partnership in a farm working community in the Central Valley. Rosa's commitment to educational equity and diversity is a result of her lived experiences with the education system in the Central Valley. Her family and community are her inspiration to continue to engage in critical and applied research in order to addresses disparities in rural communities.