Mentor of the Year 2017: Leidy Quiceno

Leidy and her mentee pose for a picture, both in matching yellow sweaters

We want to congratulate our Mentor of the Year for Mentor Appreciation Night 2017, Leidy Quiceno! Leidy has been a mentor with PYD for 5 years supporting and empowering her mentee Seana in our Mentor Match program and setting an example we will never forget!

Leidy Quiceno was born in Medellin, Colombia and raised in Boston, MA. She is passionate about civil, racial, and educational rights. She has a BA in Criminal Justice (magna cum laude); is a member of the National Criminal Justice Honor Society (Alpha Phi Sigma); and has earned a Graduate Certificate in Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

As a former teacher turned Youth Advocate, she works to racially, politically, and academically empower “at-promise” urban youth of color. She also works as a Research Assistant for UMass Boston’s Latino Student Success Initiative (LSSI) and the Latinx Leadership Opportunity Program (LLOP). Her 2016 LSSI research presentation shed light on the personal, academic, and professional experiences of Latinx transfer students from Bunker Hill Community College, whom expressed the many barriers (language, racial, cultural, and financial) they face on a day-to-day basis as non-traditional first generation students. Her presentation at the Annual Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) conference, sought to communicate how educators and higher educational institutions can listen to the voices and narratives of vulnerable and marginalized populations in order to best support such students to achieve academic success.

As a graduate student, Leidy Quiceno focuses on the School-to-prison-to-deportation pipeline and educational reform through the use of Transnational, Cultural, and Community Studies (TCCS). She aspires to continue working with Black and Latinx communities as an educator, leader, youth mentor, and advocate.

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