2011 TWIN Honoree Spotlight

15 Sep

The YWCA’s Tribute to Women of Influence (TWIN) event honors women who have made significant contributions to their fields, and recognizes those organizations that support such achievements. 2011 marks the 20th anniversary of TWIN. Leading up to this year’s September 15th event, we will highlight each of our 25 incredible TWIN Honorees. If you would like more information about the TWIN event, or would like to reserve a ticket, please visitwww.ywcaofasheville.org.

Yaira Andrea Arias Soto, Center for Participatory Change (CPC)

At the age of 20, Andrea came to North Carolina alone.  Although she had a bachelor’s degree from Colombia, she worked in challenging jobs including factory work and cleaning houses.  At the same time, Andrea supported the community by helping found a Latino center in Brevard, and volunteering with other Latino Centers in the region.  Over time, Andrea grew into an incredible leader. Recently, Andrea started Home Cleaning Professionals, a worker-owned cleaning business employing 12 immigrant women. Andrea has helped to lead regional and statewide initiatives around Title VI compliance, immigrants’ access to higher education, and access to drivers’ licenses for undocumented immigrants. She is a national expert on simultaneous interpretation, conducting trainings at a national level and has helped Western NC become a leader in creating inclusive language spaces.

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