Advisory Board


Natalia Aponte

Natalia Aponte
El Mundo Boston

Delia Arellano-Weddleton
Senior Program Officer
The Nellie Mae Education Foundation

Phyllis Barajas
CEO & Founder

Celina Barrios-Millner
Immigrant Integration Fellow
Boston Mayor's Office for Immigrant Advancement

Lina Cañón
Operations and Program Associate 
Imago Dei Fund 

Dan Cortez
Community Engagement Specialist
Chelsea Police Department

Iris Gómez
Director of MLRI Immigrants Protection Project
Massachusetts Law Reform Institute

Claudia Green
Executive Director
English for New Bostonians

Álvaro Lima
Director of Research
Boston Planning & Development Agency
Joel Mora

Tariana V. Little
CEO & Cofounder
EmVision Productions

Mary Jo Marion
Executive Director
Latino Education Institute, Worcester State University

Joel Mora
Education Programs Manager
Hyde Square Task Force

Myriam Ortiz Pavel Payano Natalicia Tracy

Myriam Ortiz
Executive Director
The City School

Pavel Payano
Lawrence City Councilor
Director of Chapter Operations, ALPFA

Natalicia Tracy
Executive Director
Brazilian Worker Center

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.

The Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy

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