Matilde Arias

Matilde Arias

Matilde Arias and her mother always been close. When she was 12, her mom was diagnosed with cancer. Chemotherapy saved her life, but after entering remission, she had a stroke. As her mother worked to regain her mobility, Matilde took on the role as the second adult in her home. Between translating at doctors appointments, appealing insurance denials, and working to supplement her father’s income, Matilde had to miss a lot of school to prioritize supporting her family. However, as soon her mother’s health improved, she went full force to finishing high school with an honors diploma and got admitted into George Fox University where she will study Political Science.

DE LA RAIZ is a project dedicated to gathering and sharing stories of the rich and diverse Latinx communities of Southern Oregon. Through personal interviews, research, and visual art, De La Raiz hopes to center and uplift our voices while challenging stereotypes and national narratives of who we are.

We were close before but now she is my best friend. I love her with all my heart.

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