3:45 pm Stateside Impact of Hurricane Maria Evacuees
Moderator: Lorna Rivera, Member, Boston School Committee, Boston Public Schools & Director, Gaston Institute for Latino Community Development & Public Policy, University of Massachusetts (Boston, MA)
Melissa Colón, Doctoral Student Research Analyst, Tufts University (Medford, MA)
Surey Miranda-Alarcón, Co-Founder & Chairperson, Diaspora for Puerto Rico, Inc. (Bronx, NY)
Tiana Ocasio, President, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (Hamden, CT)
Lorna Rivera Latino Community Development & Public Policy, and Associate Professor of Latino Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Her work focuses on women’s and family literacy programs, social welfare reform policies, gender/racial/ethnic-based health disparities, and the education of Latinx students.
Melissa Colón, is a Postdoctoral Scholar and Project Manager for Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood (EfC), a CDC funded mixed method participatory evaluation. Prior to working on the EfC project, Melissa worked on the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) and the Massachusetts Healthy Families evaluations.
Surey Miranda-Alarcón, Co-Founder & Chairperson, Diaspora for Puerto Rico, Inc. (Bronx, NY) With experience in social services and constituent services, Surey has worked with the Puerto Rican community, and vulnerable communities state-side.
Tiana Ocasio, is the current Executive Secretary of the Connecticut AFL-CIO. She previously served as an at-large executive board member.
Ocasio is the Referral Manager / Marketing Representative of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 478.