Maria Cartegena

Guest Presenter
Program (What area of CES): 
History and Social Studies

Maria Cartegena has worked in the nonprofit sector of Holyoke for more than 20 years. She is currently the Program Coordinator for the Office of Community Partnerships for Social Change at Hampshire College after having spent three years as community partnerships coordinator for the Five College Community-Based Learning Committee. Cartegena organizes and facilitates “Holyoke Bound,” an event that prepares more than 500 students annually to understand Holyoke’s industrial, social, political History and the Puerto Rican migration experience in the Paper City.  She has also served on the boards of  several organizations in Holyoke including  Holyoke Community Land Trust and Nueva Esperanza. In 2013, Cartegena was recognized by the Latino Scholarship Association as the Carlos Vega Community Champion, honoring the prominent Holyoke activist, community organizer and historian of Puerto Rican Holyoke. Maria continues Carlos's legacy to ensure the Puerto Rican History of Holyoke is part of the historical thread of the Paper City.