Sandra Manzanares is a writer and filmmaker. She earned a BA in English and American Studies from Wesleyan University, where she did extensive writing in memoir and biography. While working in the worlds of publishing and marketing, she consistently returned to creative writing—either through her own passion projects or through volunteering with students. Inspired by the work of Black and Latinx writers, filmmakers, and comedians, Sandra enrolled in Gallatin to develop a curriculum exploring how stories affect the brain and body, and how that knowledge can be used to spark social change. At Gallatin, she focuses on fictional storytelling, and the intersection of racial trauma, comedy, and healing practices. For her thesis, Sandra is writing a comedic television pilot on the Black experience in Boston, her home city.