A stellar student, alumna, and mother, Natalie Lindeberg continues to pay it forward to her community and UNC. Having graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education, Natalie currently serves her two sons at home; by far the toughest jobs she has ever had – she mentions – yet rewarding. In the past she taught for eight-and-a-half years from kindergarten to eighth grade as a special education teacher, interventionist, and fourth grade teacher.
Natalie has been paying it forward through volunteering at one of her former schools, presenting at her sorority's annual Latina Youth Leadership Conference held at UNC, donating to the Latina Youth Leadership Conference foundation account on a monthly basis, serving as the Director of Alumnae Relations on her sorority's national board of directors, serving as the PTA Secretary at her oldest son's school, and serving on the Colorado PTA Legislative Committee.
"Motivation to give back in rooted in my desire to help others. My family did not have much money when I was young, and I knew what it was like to truly struggle. Despite that, I still found ways to help others out.”
Natalie shares she had support from her terrific husband, family, and friends as well as "encouragement to stay involved in other capacities outside of my little family, and to recharge.”
Natalie's favorite memories of UNC were spending time with her sisters and friends – participating in campus events together. “At the Chavez Center”, Natalie mentions, “I have always felt that everyone is welcome there. One of my very first interactions with the Center before choosing to attend UNC was a letter I was sent from them welcoming me to campus, which no other school I was accepted to did, from their resource/cultural centers.”
Natalie's Advice for Current Students
"Get involved and help others in ways that are meaningful to you. It could be joining an organization or club on campus (e.g. a sorority or fraternity, a foreign language club, fine arts club, cultural club, political club, academic club, etc.), becoming involved in housing and residence life (e.g. your Hall Council, Residence Hall Association, become an RA, etc.), and/or volunteering with a group/organization directly in the community they will also broaden your network and hopefully foster life-long friendships."
Celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the César Chávez Cultural Center
Thursday, September 3rd