Butterfly Aura Camacho-Maas


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Aura Camacho-Maas uses her experience, knowledge and wisdom as instruments to support the evolutionary process of the human race. The combination of strong hands-on personal development, institutional, leadership, and communication experience and skills and a lifelong exposure to multicultural, multilingual and multi-generational communities allow her to comfortably embrace change and uncertainty.

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As founder and Director of the Latin American Resource Center, LARC, Raleigh, North Carolina, she created and managed: a non-profit dedicated to the creation of integrated education tools and strategies for K-16 students; an international arts residency and a community and schools dance and music multicultural approach to address issues of cultural identity throughout the Americas; a bilingual TV Series, a communication strategy to address social issues impacting education; a traveling bilingual international exhibit "Can We Move Beyond Stereotypes?, a training tool based on drawings from children from different parts of the Americas which portray their perceptions of people from different cultural backgrounds; summer, after school, and teacher apprenticeship programs, rural and urban school and community outreach strategies to support the evolution of the field of education and a strategy to gather and integrate the knowledge, experience and wisdom of all education stakeholders and to use the collected information as the base upon which teachers design relevant teaching tools and strategies.

She has a Bachelor in Multi-Disciplinary Studies, Business Administration and Communications from North Carolina State University; Leadership Triangle, Triangle Community Foundation; Non-Profit Management Program, Duke University; Leadership Institute, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, University of California at Berkeley, California; Frances Hesselbain Fellow, Peter Drucker Foundation; and a fellow of the William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations. She has extensive experiential spiritual learning from indigenous peoples in the Americas including the Shipibo and Q'ero communities in Peru.

She was a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Hispanic/Latin American Affairs, the Closing the Achievement Gap Commission and the North Carolina Human Relations Commission.

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"Pathways to One America in the 21st Century," President's Initiative on Race Relations, White House

"Best Diversity Practice," National Association of Counties

Best Arts in Education Program, Arts North Carolina

Education Award, YWCA Wake County Academy of Women

YMCA International Service Award

Distinguished Women of North Carolina, NC Council of Women.

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