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Sounds are etched in your mind: the sound of a person crying out after being shot, the sound of an active gunfight, the sound of screeching tires, the sound of a grieving family. How can beauty and hope exist in such an environment? Architectural design can be the environmental catalyst by fusing collaboration, mindfulness and intention.

Claudette Soto is currently a Project Executive at d’Escoto, Inc., one of the largest Hispanic owned Construction Management firms in Chicago. In 2001, as an undergraduate, Ms. Soto founded a local non-for-profit organization named VAMOS. VAMOS tries to promote the importance of higher education to middle school children in the community of Gage Park through summer enrichment programs and one on one mentoring.

VAMOS has now evolved into a mentoring program from middle school age through college age students who are seeking higher education or are currently engaged in a college/university program. Ms. Soto attributes her strong will for success, outspoken demeanor and thirst for change in her community, to the education she received while attending Mother McAuley High School, a single gender high school in Chicago. There she received the confidence to pursue degrees not traditionally pursued by women and to know her voice mattered.