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Leadership

Latinx Caucus Chair: Sofia Rivera, Mount Holyoke

Sofia Elisa Rivera Negron is a Junior at Mount Holyoke College, majoring in International Relations with a concentration in Geography. She was born and raised in the island of Puerto Rico. Her hobbies include reading, singing, and teaching her friends Spanish (or in her case, Boricua.) Sofia considers the College Democrats of Massachusetts and its members as some of the best people around, and she is ecstatic and honored to be the Latinx Caucus Chair this year. She hopes that together we can make a difference to our hermanos and hermanas in the state of Massachusetts. She provides the following quote from her favorite artist (Ruben Blades): “Siembra, si pretendes recoger. Siembra, si pretendes cosechar. Pero no olvides, que de acuerdo a la semilla, así serán los frutos que recogerás.” Vamos a sembrar algo que dure y deje fruto para los demas-juntos. So let us plant something that will last and that will give fruit to the rest- together.

Latinx Caucus Vice Chair: Thalia Carroll-Cachimuel, Northeastern

Thalia Carroll-Cachimuel is a rising third year student at Northeastern University studying Human Services with a concentration in Social Justice and Social Policy. Her work with the College Democrats of Massachusetts began during the Spring of 2015, when she lobbied at the Massachusetts State House in favor of the “Education Equity Bill” and the “Safe Driving Bill Act.” Since then, she has worked with a coalition called NU Students for Immigrant Justice, a coalition that works to ensure undocumented students access to financial aid and instate tuition prices to their university of choice. This past semester she has been on co-op in New York City working part-time at Philanthropy New York and part-time at the United Nations in the Human Rights Department with the Committee for the Elimination of Racism, Afrophobia and Colorism. In addition to her CDM position, she will continue to serve as coalition coordinator for the Latin American Student Organization. Through experiential learning at Northeastern she has been able to participate in the Alternative Spring Break program in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and Jinotega, Nicaragua. In Tahlequah, Thalia worked in the Early Childhood Unit on a Cherokee Reservation, and in Jinotega she worked in a local learning center that provided educational services to children from low-income areas. Thalia has been apart of the Service-Learning program at Northeastern for two years working at Ellis Memorial and Ballet Rox; both organizations which provide services to predominantly minority and low-income students from the Greater Boston Area.

Latinx Caucus Legislative Chair: Martha Peña, Northeastern

Martha Peña is a junior at Northeastern University studying Criminal Justice and Political Science. She is Afro-Dominican through and through, and was raised in the Dominican Republican until the age of nine, after which she lived in Boston. Martha is fluent in Spanglish and is a strong enthusiast of merengue, bachata and denbow. She is "filled to the brim with joy" to be a member of the Latinx Caucus, and is sure to bring the sazón!

Latinx Action Group Rep: Gabriel Montresor, Boston University

Gabriel Montresor is the son of two Brazilian immigrants. He grew up in Greater Boston; his home city being Everett, MA, where he graduated from Everett High School. Currently, Gabriel is a rising senior at Boston University, majoring in Philosophy and Political Science. He is the first of his family to attend a 4 year school. He speaks three languages; English, Portuguese, and Spanish. Eventually, Gabriel hopes to pursue a career in law, focusing on immigration issues.

Legislative Chair/Latinx Action Group Rep: Peter Laboy, Boston College

Peter Laboy is a Senior at Boston College pursuing a degree in Political Science. From Lawrence, MA, home to many latino immigrants, Peter realized his love of politics at around the same time he began to understand the troubling social, political, and economic realities faced by immigrants in the United States. Peter worked as an intern for the Newton Democratic Party in 2013 and worked in the office of Senator Edward J. Markey during the spring of 2015. He served as the Vice-Chair of the Latinx Caucus in the 2015-2016 year. Peter currently works in the Options Through Education program at Boston College as a preceptor, helping underprivileged incoming freshman in their transition to college. He is also involved in various groups on the Boston College campus which circulate knowledge regarding Latin American affairs and promote solidarity among the Latin American community, including the publication Other Americas (President) and the Cuban American Student Association (Treasurer).

Mission:

The Latin@ Caucus represents and vocalizes the views of Hispanic students across the Commonwealth that affiliate with the Democratic Party, also increasing the involvement of Hispanic college students in the political process. This caucus also brings together a diverse coalition to advocate for the Hispanic community, including College Democrats and other student activists.

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