Maria Andrea Avendano Valderrama
Maria Andrea Is a Volunteer for Mi Cuerpo es Mi Historia based in Miami, Florida, USA. Maria Andree was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, but moved to the United States to complete her bachelors degree in Sociology, where she also fulfilled an integrated and Race and Ethnic Studies minor. While a student, she conducted research and volunteer programs that help young people use the arts and culture to understand and heal from trauma. Maria Andrea is passionate about urban ecology and civic engagement, especially when it comes to understanding the connections between culture and identity in community development. In the future, Maria Andrea seeks to merge all her passions and experiences and create a healing arts center and hostel in Colombia in order to connect communities around common global struggles that linger from colonization, host cultural exchanges, and promote economic development.