UMass Boston Grad Student Named to El Planeta’s Power Under 30 List

Colleen Locke | April 19, 2016
Tariana V. Little is working on her second UMass Boston degree.

Tariana V. Little is working on her second UMass Boston degree.
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I want to continue growing businesses. I want to continue being an entrepreneur and helping other people seek their path.



Tariana V. Little ’12 ’17 Entrepreneur, Writer, and Advocate

El Planeta Media celebrated UMass Boston graduate student Tariana V. Little at its Power Under 30 party earlier this month. El Planeta, the largest Spanish-language newspaper in New England, counts Little as one of the most influential young leaders for the Latino community in Massachusetts.

Little is a board member of BeVisible, the first national social networking and career community for and by Latinas, and co-founder of its Boston chapter, which hosted a launch party this month. Last month Boston Mayor Marty Walsh appointed her to the Mayor’s ONEin3 Council, a group of Bostonians between the ages of 20-34 who are tasked with connecting Boston millennials to the local government. She's also an entrepreneur who, since 2013, has been running the digital content marketing company EmVision Productions with her husband, Jonas Meyer '14, a fellow UMass Boston alum.

Last year, Little returned to UMass Boston to work on her second degree here. After earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UMass Boston in 2012, the Honors College alumna earned a master’s degree in clinical investigation from UMass Medical School in 2015. She came back to UMass Boston when the master’s program in transnational, cultural, and community studies launched, receiving the Julie Rodick Scholarship to support her studies.

“I was trained in this really quantitative track and I felt like it was not fulfilling for me. The work I wanted to do was more community-based, was more social action. How do I apply my skills, my training, to have impact on the community and work with different networks and organizations? This program allows me to do that,” Little said.

For her master’s capstone, the newly selected Schweitzer Fellow is partnering with the Latina youth mentoring organization Chica Project for a yearlong community service project.

She’s on track to graduate in 2017. And then?

“I want to continue growing businesses. I want to continue being an entrepreneur and helping other people seek their path. I want to be able to connect people to resources—to career opportunities—which is what BeVisible allows me to do,” she said.

El Planeta will publish the full list of Power Under 30 honorees in its Powermeter edition on May 6.

About UMass Boston
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