latin american studies
Class of 2003
B.A. in Sociology
Minor in Latin American Studies
written by Lauren Goslin, '04
Ilyitch Tábora has a deep passion for serving the Latino community to which she belongs. Her mother came to the United States from Mexico seeking a less restricted life. Tábora's father, a well-known journalist and radio host, was forced to flee Honduras after criticizing military leaders.
Ilyitch looked to her parents for inspiration. She also looked to her companions in Talented and Gifted (TAG), a Latino club in which she learned not only to appreciate her heritage but also to question the racism and poverty that afflict South Boston, where she grew up.
All this set the foundation for Ilyitch's studies. She loved sociology because it provided an essential tool for understanding her social reality. Then she discovered LAS, which put everything into place for her. Tábora says she wanted to understand the social, historical, economic, and political background of Latin American immigrants to the United States, and LAS gave her the chance.
Tábora is still with TAG, now as the Program Coordinator. She designs and implements tutoring programs, mentoring programs, college-prep programs, and programs encouraging parental involvement. She supports student clubs–like the one that got her started–and offers leadership development workshops. The whole idea of TAG is to give students support and confidence and to motivate them to be the “Talented and Gifted” people that they are.
Tábora believes that LAS has made her a better Latina, more connected to her roots and to her people. She wrote, “LAS introduced me to a complex region that I have always felt a part of, but never completely. Being born in the United States, I’ve always had a foot in both territories, never really belonging to either. But now I know better, and I live better now. I have learned that education is empowering.”
Tábora’s dream is to be a community organizer. She will soon finish a Master's in Social Work at Boston College and hopes to obtain a second Master’s in Public Administration.