Dianna E. Almanza holds a Master’s in International Human Rights with a Specialization in Conflict Resolution, from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. She is a proud alumna of Regis University in Denver, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva, and Richmond University in Rome. During her undergraduate years, she was selected to participate in highly competitive U.S. national internship programs with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI).
In 2018, she provided complex multi-lateral problem solving and strategy development, while serving as permanent protective physical accompaniment to the members and leaders of the San José de Apartadó Peace Community in Colombia. Her first-hand involvement in peacebuilding processes encompassing farming, indigenous, and Afro-Colombian communities throughout Colombia, stem from her experience within the respective Human Rights Council (HRC) and Special Procedures (SP) Branches, of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva. While in Geneva, she was also selected as a 2016 Humanitarian Action Fellow within the Duke Global Policy (DGP) Program (Policy and Governance Program), that originates from the Sanford School of Public Policy, at Duke University. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing away to merengue, cumbia, and salsa.