Miren Uriarte



Degrees and Certifications:

Miren Uriarte

First Appointed
February 19, 2015
Current Term Expires
January 6, 2020 
PhD (Sociology) Boston University; MSW, Boston College; B.A. (Psychology) University of Florida.
Retired Professor, College of Public and Community Service and Senior Research Associate, Mauricio Gaston Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy, University of Massachusetts Boston.
Jamaica Plain
Professor Miren Uriarte is a sociologist whose teaching and research focuses on different aspects of the intersection of race/ethnicity and social policy.  She has been on the faculty at UMass Boston since 1981 where she is a Professor of Human Services in the College of Public and Community Service and the founding director of the Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy.   Dr Uriarte’s research has documented the history, growth, development and experience of Latino groups in the region focusing on issues such as im/migration, the diversification of the Latino population, their economic participation, their interaction with human service systems and the impact of social and educational policy on their lives.  In the last years, Dr Uriarte has focused on the effects of educational policy on the outcomes of Latino students and English Language Learners.  She has lectured and published widely on these issues.

Dr. Uriarte has a long history of collaboration with community-based organizations and institutions in Boston.  She has served in the Board of Directors of La Alianza Hispana, the Hispanic Office of Planning and Evaluation, Massachusetts Advocacy Committee, the Boston Plan for Excellence and in the Board of Trustees of the Anna B Stearns Foundation.  She was named by Governor Michael Dukakis in 1989 to the Oversight Panel on Chelsea‑Boston University Agreement and worked with The Boston Foundation on its multi-year Persistent Poverty Project.  In addition to her research work over several years, she has supported the work of the Boston Public Schools as a Court Appointed Alternate to a Citizen District Advisory Council (1977-79), as a Trustee of Fenway High School (1999-2003), as a member of the Search Committee for the Superintendent (2007), as a member of the External Advisory Committee on School Choice (2012-13) and as a member of the Research Advisory Committee of the Black and Latino Male Study (2013-present).