Join La Casa as our Oral History Series continues. This time around we are excited to welcome back Mariel Novas, YC ‘10! Mariel Novas was in Davenport College and graduated in 2010 with a degree in History & Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. La Casa Cultural Julia de Burgos was her second home - she worked at La Casa all four years of undergrad, was President of the Dominican Students Association, and co-founded Sabrosura: Latin Dance Team at Yale as a sophomore. As a Mellon Mays Fellow, she studied Dominican diasporic identity and cultural production in the 19th and 20th centuries, the topic of her award-winning senior thesis. She discovered her love for education as a family liaison and tutor for New Haven youth with Squash Haven, which helps students strive for and maintain school success and physical wellness. Above all, Mariel remembers Yale for the lifelong friends she made while there as a first-generation college student. Mariel completed her doctorate in Education Leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in May 2020 and currently serves as Assistant Director of Partnerships & Engagement for Massachusetts at The Education Trust. In her role, Mariel convenes the Massachusetts Education Equity Partnership, a statewide collective of civil rights, social justice, and education advocates focused on eliminating disparities and advancing opportunities for historically underserved students.
Latinx Heritage Month 2020