For the past five years Silvia Soto Avella has been involved with Community Tampa Bay, a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote dialogue and respect among all cultures, religions, and races.  During its award-winning summer program, “Anytown,” Soto Avella is able to connect with local young adults by facilitating workshops on diversity and conflict solution with more than sixty teenagers per session.

Soto Avella is also involved with the national “Latinas Learning to Lead” program, which fosters the development of young women for the 21st century workforce.

At USF, she was a cast member for the USF Feminist Student Alliance production of the Vagina Monologues, a show that collected more than $10,000 for The Spring, Florida’s largest and busiest domestic violence shelter.  She also participated in the USF Dance Marathon, raising funds to serve families of All Children’s Hospital. 

Soto Avella is the immediate past president of the Latin American Student Association.  She developed a mentorship program for members, working in partnership with The Nielsen Company’s Hispanic Organization of Leaders in Action.  As a result, and thanks to her exemplary leadership skills in USF’s largest and oldest Latino organization, Soto Avella was honored with the prestigious Student Leader of the Year Award from the USF Center of Student Involvement.

After graduating in May with an MIS degree and a Certificate in Latin American Studies, Soto Avella plans to work for the Depository Trust and Clearing Company.