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Alice Cardona, Latina rights activist, dies at 81

- via The Queens Courier

Alice Cardona

Alice Cardona, who advocated for women’s rights and bilingual education, died Nov. 1 at age 81. She was born March 17, 1930 as the first of nine children to Puerto Rican parents. She was raised and educated in Spanish Harlem in New York. Her parents moved to New York from Puerto Rico in 1923.

After graduating high school in 1950, Cardona volunteered at the Legion de Maria, where she gave psychological support to black and Hispanic people in need.

She is known for her work as a counselor to youth and director of counseling for parents and students at ASPIRA, as an active member of the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women (NACOPRW), and as the founder of HACER/ Hispanic Women’s Center (which aimed to help Latinas to achieve their professional goals through education). Cardona also dedicated her time to advocating for bilingual education and all women (including those in prison), combating HIV/ AIDS, breast cancer, and domestic violence.

The passing of any great leader and advocate of the community is always a sad one, and her life should be honored through the continued dedication to the causes she fought for.

Read more at The Queens Courier.

About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

To learn more about Adriana’s education consulting company, please visit

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.


  1. Candi Rivera says:

    I am proud to be Latina!

  2. I will miss you Madrina

  3. Remember when she worked for the Governor of NY State 18 years ago and granted me a meeting in my role of Executive Director of a non-profit focusing on Black and Latino youth through media literacy. Big, caring heart for the Latino community and youth ~ that’s who she was in a nutshell!

  4. Roberto Cardona says:

    Que descanse en paz. May she rest in peace. And may her memory be for blessing.

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