Lynton Colloquium Panelist: Lorna Rivera
Dr. Lorna Rivera is Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) and Director of the Latino Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She teaches social research methods and supervises undergraduate student internships in community-based settings. Dr. Rivera’s research about women’s literacy, health literacy, and family literacy programs has been supported by grants and awards from the Society for the Study of Social Problems, the Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, and the National Academy of Education’s Postdoctoral Fellowship. Dr. Rivera’s book, Laboring to Learn: Women’s Literacy & Poverty in the Post-Welfare Era (2008, University of Illinois Press) won the Cyril O. Houle Award for Outstanding Literature. Dr. Rivera is currently working on a project of the UMass Boston & Harvard’s Dana Farber Cancer Center U54 Partnership that examines Puerto Rican attitudes and beliefs about End-of Life-cancer treatment.
Dr. Rivera is the former director of the Latino Leadership Opportunity Program at UMass Boston, a leadership and public policy training program for undergraduate students that addresses issues affecting Latino communities in New England. Dr. Rivera is a founding member of the board of directors of WE LEARN, a national women’s literacy organization, and she has also served on the board of directors for the Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education.