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By: Sandra Arias, C-TAC Partnership Associate
Hi everyone! My name is Sandra Arias and I am the Partnership Associate at C-TAC. I am a first-generation college student and received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from The George Washington University, with minors in Spanish and Psychology in May 2018. In my free time I enjoy reading, watching movies, exercising, and exploring new restaurants.
I was born and raised in New York City. I am bilingual, fluent in English and Spanish. I am the eldest of three and the daughter of immigrants, hailing from Mexico. Who I am has really been shaped by my culture and experiences. In my Mexican household, or really any Latinx household, community is what holds and brings us together. We celebrate our successes and learn from our losses. We look out for each other. I was fortunate to have Latinx space growing up, but as I got older, it became challenging navigating college and professional spaces where Black and people of color are not the majority. Being a woman of color and a Latina woman has also brought up its challenges. I’m still learning to navigate spaces that may not be “fit” for me, but I’ve learned that I must continue to break these barriers so that I can help pave the way for younger Latinx folks, specifically Latina women, making their way through the professional world. I continue to be involved in the Latinx community through my Latina-based sorority, Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. My involvement has provided me with a support system that has been important for my personal and professional development. Additionally, I continue to pursue community service opportunities and advocacy efforts within the Latinx community.
My experiences have influenced my passion for social justice issues and uplifting marginalized communities. It is my goal to use my privilege and expertise to improve the lives of Black and POC communities in whatever way that I can. I am interested in pursuing this goal within the non-profit sector. It’s also important that within this sector, we continue inviting Black and POC individuals to the table so that we may honor their voices and experiences, as well as give these individuals the space to provide their strategies to improving our communities.
Prior to working at C-TAC, I was a paralegal at My Sisters’ Place, a non-profit organization serving survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking in Westchester, NY. In my role, I served as an interpreter for Spanish-speaking clients, assisted clients with their legal cases, and advocated on behalf of my clients. This experience taught me the importance of being client-centered and respecting an individual’s choice. It also highlighted how vital it is to use my voice on behalf of individuals who are navigating systems or institutions that do not have their best interests in mind.
I’m excited to explore the health care field and continue to network with our members at C-TAC. It is important that we continue addressing racial disparities so that we can ensure health equity, with an emphasis on bringing in more Black and POC individuals into our membership to share their expertise and help shape policy. I look forward to giving back to my community in this way and aim to bring in the younger generation into these important conversations as we continue our mission to provide health care for all.