ASU Online student Asia Soleil Yazzie slays in beauty and in balance.
As the founder of Slay in Beauty, a modern take on the Diné (Navajo) prayer “Walk in Beauty,” Asia (aka Lady Yazzie) is on a mission to spread empowerment, inspiration and hope for those living in an indigenized world.
As a youth program intern for Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment (COPE), a partnership with Navajo Nation that aims to eliminate health disparities and improve the well-being of American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asia works to help motivate and inspire youth across the Navajo reservation near Gallup, New Mexico.
And as an ASU Online student working toward her second bachelor’s degree in health education and health promotion, Asia hopes to be able to broaden the scope of information she can share with her community. She juggles it all with grace and discipline, starting most of her days at 6 a.m. and filling each one with a mix of family, work, school and personal time. Often, her classwork is done toward the end of her busy day.
“A lot of it has to do with how much you want to put in the work,” Asia says of what motivates her to pursue her education amidst so many other important responsibilities. “The classes -- I am currently taking Violence Prevention and Health Behavior Theory -- are ones I want to take because I want to learn more about prevention, the theories behind the research and how programs are being implemented into different organizations and community settings. I enjoy putting in the time on my own schedule.”