Talented and Gifted (TAG) Latino Program

at the University of Massachusetts Boston


Picture of Ilyitch Tabora

Ilyitch Nahiely Tábora, MSW directs the Talented And Gifted (TAG) Latino Program and the Hispanic Writers Week Program at the ILT. Her professional career at the ILT began in 2003 as the TAG coordinator, but her connection to the institute began ten years earlier as a TAG student. Her leadership in the ILT evolved over the years to her present work leading two important UMass Boston programs under the mentorship and supervision of the late Lucia Mayerson-David, with whom she worked very closely. Ilyitch obtained her Bachelor in Sociology and a minor in Latin American studies, graduating cum laude in 2003 from Boston College. In 2005, she earned her master's degree in macro social work (MSW) from Boston College, right before becoming the mother of a beautiful daughter, who currently attending the Boston Public Schools. As a proud alumna of the TAG Program and Hispanic Writers Week, she brings unparalleled passion, commitment, and 20 years of experience with the programs. Her work is grounded in community organizing and development that she strengthened during her time as an organizer at the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI). In March 2011, in honor of her work through the TAG Program, Ilyitch received the John A. Dinneen, S.J. Hispanic Alumni Community Service Award from Boston College. In December 2013, Ilyitch was named as Co-Chair of the Youth Committee on Mayor Martin Walsh’s Transition Team. Also in December 2013, Ilyitch and the TAG Latino Program were awarded the Tres Reyes Award in educational excellence for the Latino community at the 24th Annual Jolgorio Navideño. Ilyitch is also a UMass Boston student in the Leadership in Urban Schools doctoral program (EdD). She also serves on the her daughter’s school councils, on the Boston College Alumni Board of Directors, and on the Boston College AHANA Alumni Executive Committee.

Picture of Michael CabreraMichael "CR" Cabrera Rivera is a performing arts director with deep roots in education. As a teenager, he produced original theater plays in community and professional stages. He later graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a BA in Audiovisual Communications. After graduating, he joined the Borinquen Writing Project at University of the Sacred Heart as a program coordinator. In 2008, "CR" was recruited and brought to Boston as a teacher by the TAG Program. He became a BPS special education teacher and, later on, a theater instructor. As he continued collaborating with TAG, he developed TAG in Arts, a student-led musical theater program that opens opportunity for leadership development and socio-academic education through the arts. He recently auditioned for Escena Latina and Apollinaire Theatre Company and has performed in two bilingual productions since early 2013. He continues to develop and direct for TAG in Arts.


Norman JimenezNorman Jimenez is the coordinator of the TAG Latino Program and a proud alumnus. Jimenez joined TAG as a student in 2001 at an early age after immigrating to the United States, and stayed with the program through high school, also serving as a member of the executive board of the TAG Club at his school in his senior year. After graduating from Boston Latin School, he attended UMass Boston, where he obtained his bachelor of science in business management in 2013. Throughout his college career at UMass Boston, Jimenez continued to remain active in the TAG program under different capacities, serving as a teacher, teaching assistant, a tutor, as well as a mentor in the TAG PANAS Mentoring Program.


Jessenia Paulino is the assistant coordinator and the Web Manager. She became a part of the ILT in the fall of 2011 as the project assistant. At an early age she demonstrated her commitment to helping others and her love for children. As a student at Brighton High School she served presided over student organizations and was an active school leader. Her passion for art, children and service led her to provide and direct an art summer camp in the Dominican Republic for two summers 2002-2003. While living In the Dominican Republic between 2001-2010, Paulino played a key role in the operation of Centro Comercial Cruz, which highlighted her skills in fundraising, organization, and customer service skills. She graduated with honors in 2012 from Roxbury Community College with an associate of arts in business administration and is currently a student at UMass Boston working towards her bachelors in science for business management. She is also an active volunteer at her daughter’s school, creating art projects for the entire class.