Antónia Silvestre

Cooperator and member of CooLabora since 2013. She works in social intervention since 1996, having dedicated herself to areas such as professional training, environmental education, solidarity economy and social inclusion of publics at risk of social exclusion. Along this path, the work carried out with children, young people and families stands out, as well as the work done for the creation of the solidarity economy group Troca a Tod@s. She has a degree in Sociology from the Universidade da Beira Interior, where she also completed a postgraduate degree in Environmental Management.


Diana Rebelo

Graduated and Master in Psychology from the Universidade da Beira Interior, she has been developing, since 2013, non-formal education experiences of social intervention. Along this path, actions at international level stand out, where education for peace among children and young people is promoted in intercultural environments, as well as experiences in projects on environmental sustainability and food. She is also a yoga teacher.
She join the CooLabora team since 2020, as a member of the CLDS 4G project – Contrato Local de Desenvolvimento Social da Covilhã.


Diana Silva

Member of CooLabora since 2012, she works in the area of prevention and combating domestic and gender-based violence and is responsible for assisting victims in the offices of Belmonte and Covilhã. Criminologist by Escola de Criminologia, Faculdade de Direito da Universidade do Porto. She has a specialization in Autobiographical Methodology for Women Victims of Domestic Violence, by Libera Universitá Dell’Autobiographia in Anghiari, Italy.


Graça Rojão

Cooperator and co-founder of CooLabora. For the past 25 years she has been involved in civic and solidarity initiatives. She is particularly interested in issues related to the solidarity economy and equality between men and women.
Sociologist, she has a specialization in Gender Equality and a postgraduate degree in Project Management. She is a doctoral student in the Sociology at Universidade da Beira Interior, where she develops an investigation about degrowth and care in local initiatives.


Gracinda Pereira

Cooperator, co-founder and member of the Executive Board, she has training in Management and has worked since 2001 in the financial and administrative monitoring of projects to promote social development. Since it’s foundation, she is responsible for the financial area of CooLabora.


Goreti Rocha

She has been a member of CooLabora since 2019. Since then has developed direct work with schools in the area of Global Citizenship and Development and in supporting the implementation of the National Strategy for Education for Citizenship and the National Strategy for Education for Development. Currently, she works directly with children and young people at risk of social exclusion as a member of the Project Quero Ser Mais E7G. She has a degree and a master’s degree in Sociology from the Universidade da Beira Interior.


Luana Gonçalves

Joined CooLabora in 2019 where she is a community facilitator of the Quero Ser Mais E7G project, working with children and young people and with the Roma community.
She has training in event organization in health and wellness tourism.


Rosa Carreira

Cooperator and co-founder of CooLabora, she has been working in social intervention since 1998. Along this path, the work with schools in preventing violence and promoting a culture of peace among children and young people stands out. Also noteworthy is the work with Roma communities, namely, in the creation of educational resources to combat prejudice. She studied Social Anthropology at ISCTE and Public Policy at Universidade de Coimbra.


Outros membros


André Nascimento Barata

Professor at UBI – Universidade da Beira Interior, philosopher. Cooperator after meeting CooLabora where he witnesses how it is possible to combine the practice of equality, the uncompromising fight against discrimination, and the willingness to imagine a better world.


Francisco Tiago Antunes Paiva

Professor at UBI. PhD in Fine Arts, designer and architect. Cooperator and co-founder.
He is professionally and civically interested in the relationship between the arts and social, urban and territorial dynamics.


Jesuíno António Moreira Simões

Degree in Physics, Master in Chemistry (Universidade da Beira Interior). Teacher of Physics and Chemistry at Escola Secundária Quinta das Palmeiras, Covilhã. Co-founder of CooLabora. He believes it is possible to build a fairer society where discrimination is a useless word.


Maria Teresa Nobre Correia.

PhD in Modern Languages. Secondary school teacher.
Interested in different ways to help promote life with dignity.


Rita Salvado

Professor at UBI, director of the Wool Museum, PhD in Textile Engineering. She is interested in the collective appreciation of wool culture and its impact on local development.


Sónia de Sá

She is a member of the CooLabora General-Assembly and Assistant Professor at the Universidade da Beira Interior. She teaches strategic and audiovisual communication and also develops research in participatory culture, gender equality and television. She is a graduate, master and PhD in Communication Sciences. Feels CooLabora like a second home.