Our annual MOSAIC Awards are scheduled for Thursday, May 22. Before the big day, you will have the opportunity to “meet” each of our honorees right here on our blog. Check back every Wednesday to learn how each one of these international Americans contributes to his or her profession and our community. Marta Miranda, L.C.S.W. – Cuba Marta Miranda is the President and CEO of the Center for Women & Families and has been a dedicated activist and community organizer on social and economic justice issues for more than three decades. Because of her work on humane immigration reform in Kentucky, she was selected to represent Kentucky’s Latino immigrant population at the first Hispanic Summit in Washington, DC. She was a key organizer for the Kentucky Fairness Alliance in rural Kentucky, assisting in passing Fairness Ordinances in the state. She was featured as a Daughter of Greatness by the Muhammad Ali Center in 2013. Miranda was a professor at EKU for 17 years, during which she started a sexual violence prevention program and served as Dean of Multicultural Student Affairs and Director of Women and Gender Studies. She has acted as a consultant to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Families to work with their Language Access Program Limited English Proficiency federal mandate for Title X. Miranda has done extensive service work with Kentucky Domestic Violence Association, the Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Oppression and the Kentucky Fairness Alliance/Fairness Campaign. An accomplished writer and poet, she has numerous published essays and journal articles and is a member of the Affrilachian Poets. Miranda identifies herself as Cubalachian – Cuban by birth and Appalachian by the grace of God. Thank you, Ms. Miranda, for your dedication to promoting fairness and safety in our community! Providing programs and services for International Americans has been a part of the JFCS mission since its founding in 1908. By recognizing the honorees who have succeeded in various fields, we underscore the importance that International Americans have made in our community and recognize and spotlight the crucial role that newcomers play in creating a vibrant community. JFCS, through its Multicultural Services, provides the skills and tools for International Americans to build a new life through their work, education, and integration into the community.
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