In Memoriam: Lucía Mayerson David
Lucía Mayerson-David passed away on December 30, 2011. Lucía was a founding member of the Gastón Institute and a member of its Board for many years. Perhaps the longest serving Latina at UMass Boston, Lucía was President of the Latino Coalition at UMass Boston, a network that reflected her vision of uniting students, staff, and faculty around issues important to our on- and off-campus Latino community.
Lucía led UMass Boston’s Institute for Learning and Teaching (ILT) for thirty-two years, collaborating with Boston Public Schools to develop and maintain culturally responsive and empowering programs for underserved students. Its projects included the TAG Latino Program — the first program geared to support Latino students in Boston's exam schools — and Project ALERTA, which received an award from the National Arts and Humanities Council and a $10,000 grant from First Lady Michelle Obama.
A visionary leader, she was the Vice President of ¿Oíste? and chair of the Board of Hispanic Office of Planning & Evaluation (HOPE). She served on Gov. Deval Patrick’s Extended Teaching and Learning Time Subcommittee, was involved early on in Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA)’ Escuelita Agueybana, and helped found the Hispanic Writers Week. These and other efforts were recognized by La Alianza Hispana with their 2011 Women of Courage Award, paying tribute to women who go above and beyond in their support of the Latino Community.
Lucía was a mentor and inspiration not only to students and young Latino leaders, but also to faculty and staff at UMass Boston. Her ability to connect people on campus around collective interests, mobilizing human resources through patient effort and leading by example, was remarkable and the impact of her loss is immeasurable. The legacy of her work at UMass Boston will continue to live on through the accomplishments of the people whom she mentored and supported.
Luis Aponte-Parés, Professor, College of Public and Community Service, UMass Boston
Ramón Borges-Mendéz, Associate Professor, Clark University, Worcester
Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, Executive Director, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, Boston
Adan Colón-Carmona, Associate Professor, Biology Department, UMass Boston
Carlos González, State Representative, Springfield
Alvaro Lima, Director of Research, Boston Redevelopment Authority
MaryJo Marion, Executive Director, Latino Education Institute, Worcester State University
José Massó, Broadcaster, host/producer of “¡Con Salsa!” on WBUR 90.9FM in Boston
Daniel Ortíz, Director, Healey Library, UMass Boston
Wiliam Rodríguez, Assistant Professor and Chair, Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy Wheelock College, Boston
Gladys Rodríguez-Parker, Director of District Affairs, Office of Congressman James McGovern, Worcester
Ester Shapiro, Associate Professor of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts, UMass Boston
Tim Sieber, Professor of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts, UMass Boston
José Tosado, State Representative, Springfield
Aaron Vega, State Representative, Holyoke
Miren Uriarte, Founder and Senior Scientist at the Gaston Institute; Professor in the College for Public and Community Service, UMass Boston
Felix Arroyo,Sr., Former Boston City Councilor at Large, Boston
Jeffrey Sánchez, State Representative District: Fifteenth Suffolk, (Boston and Brookline, MA)
José Durán, Former Member of the Advisory Board and Executive Director, Hispanic Office of Planning and Evaluation, Boston
Nelson Merced, Former Chairperson of the Advisory Board and Massachusetts State Representative
Marie Kennedy, Professor Emeritus, College of Public and Community Service, UMass Boston