Mayra Macias is of Mexican descent born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Both her parents immigrated to the United States soon after their marriage. Currently Mayra is a senior at Yale where she is double majoring in American Studies and Ethnicity, Race and Migration. During her freshmen year, Mayra was a freshmen liaison for La Casa Cultural as well an e-board member of MEChA and Alianza. This year Mayra continues her involvement in La Casa but she has also become more active with the YDN as a contributing photographer. A passionate dancer, Mayra is the current President of Sabrosura, the first ever Pan-Latin American Dance Show at Yale. She hopes to carry her love for dance into graduate school where she wants to study race via the lens of performance. Mayra has also spent the last two summers abroad in Brazil, first learning Portuguese and later working at an NGO and a Women’s Center.