By Leislie Godo-Solo, IRT ’91
Education Programs Specialist, IRT
I first met Maryori Conde in November of 2016 during our discussion about her interest in IRT. During our short interaction, it was abundantly clear that she was tremendously passionate about educational access and teaching—she embodied the term educator. She became a teaching fellow at Breakthrough Providence and integrated social justice concepts into the curriculum which she taught to seventh graders. Carlon Howard, co-director of Breakthrough Providence states that“she was a very caring and passionate person, someone who believed in our mission. Someone who always had a positive demeanor about herself, who always came with a smile.”
Maryori was a powerhouse in the sense that she not only talked about educational access, but she also put the words into action. As an advocate for 1st generation and Latinx students at Brown University, Maryori observed the dilemmas that Latinx students faced and also implemented solutions. She served as a Peer Leader for first year students assisting them in their transition to the university and mentoring them with aplomb. Additionally, she co-founded the Latinx House and the Brown Central American United Students Association both at Brown University and co-organized the first Latinx Conference. Her peers described Maryori in the following way: Maryori taught us that our community deserves more: more resources, more spaces, more platforms to remind everyone that we are here and that our stories matter. While Maryori was a true activist and leader, it’s also important to keep in mind the heart that motivated this work, the natural joy and love for life that she carried within. Being around her just made you feel good, and she had a laugh that would light up any room it filled. It is nothing less than a tragedy that we cannot indulge in that radiance once more.”
True to her calling, Maryori enrolled in Brown’s MAT program in Secondary Social Studies and History in the fall of 2018. In her own words she wanted “to fight for what she believed in and use her voice and privilege to “uplift others.” We send our prayers and thoughts out to her family members, friends, peers, colleagues, students, and all those who were touched by Maryori’s presence and her exemplary life. RIP Maryori—you have left us way to soon.
The following link features the announcement on Maryori posted on Brown University’s webpage: News from Brown, January 17, 2019