Governor Deval Patrick honored UMass Boston professor Miren Uriarte during the "Recognizing Latino Educational Excellence" ceremony held at the State House on October 6.
The ceremony, part of the commonwealth's ongoing Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, showcased Hispanic educators and leaders in higher education.
Uriarte is a professor of human services and community studies in UMass Boston's College of Public and Community Service. She is also a senior research associate at the Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy, where she served as founding director from 1989 to 1993 and again from 2004 to 2008.
She is a sociologist, specializing in the institutional development in minority communities, policy analysis focused on the differential impact of social policy on minority communities in general and on Latinos in the U.S. specifically. Her studies of Latino communities in New England have been commissioned by The Boston Foundation, The Rhode Island Foundation and the Annie E Casey Foundation and have appeared in monographs, journals articles, and book chapters.
Most recently, her research has focused on the impact of language policies on the educational outcomes of English language learners and includes reports for the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Joint Committee on Education of the Massachusetts Legislature, the Governor’s Latino-American Commission, and the Boston Public Schools, as well as monographs and book chapters.
Other honorees included:
• Mario Rene Borunda, Member, Massachusetts Board of Higher Education
• Angel M. Donahue-Rodriguez, Student Member, Massachusetts Board of Higher Education
• Vanessa Martinez-Renuncio, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Holyoke Community College
• Jorge Santiago, Professor of Sociology, Northern Essex Community College
• Eduardo Soren Triff, Associate Professor of Spanish, Director of the Spanish/English Interpreting program, Bristol Community College
• Nitza M. Hidalgo, Professor of Education, Westfield State University
• Margarita Pérez, Professor of Early Childhood Education, Worcester State University
• Sonia Nieto, Professor Emerita of Language, Literacy, and Culture, School of Education, UMass Amherst