Liz Miranda ’02 will deliver the 2021 commencement address.
Massachusetts State Representative Elizabeth “Liz” Miranda ’02, a longtime community organizer and a champion for immigrant rights, gender equality, and racial justice, will address the members of the class of 2021, and their families and friends, at Wellesley’s 143rd Commencement on June 4, to be held on Severance Green and virtually on the Class of 2021 website.
About Liz Miranda
Elected in 2018, Miranda serves as State Representative in the 5th Suffolk District of Roxbury and Dorchester. She currently serves on the Joint Committee(s) on Community Development and Small Businesses, Public Safety and Homeland Security, Veterans and Federal Affairs, and the Joint Committee on the Judiciary.
The daughter of Cabo Verdean immigrants, Miranda has been a tireless advocate for the Safe Communities Act and the Work and Family Mobility Act, while leading the fight for an equitable recovery that includes BIPOC workers.
In her first term, Miranda filed and passed legislation to reform policing and save Black lives, improve racial disparities in maternal health, promote environmental justice within disproportionately impacted communities, and ensure a just recovery for micro-to-small businesses most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, she was the first legislator in Massachusetts to establish a district-led community care program that assisted over 3,000 vulnerable residents in Roxbury and Dorchester with food security, housing assistance, unemployment assistance, and access to COVID-19 testing.
Miranda is a Wellesley College alumna and proud graduate of Boston Public Schools, graduating from the John D O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science. She currently serves on the Boards of Score4More,Inc., The Roxbury Historical Society, Union Capital Boston, and We Are Better Together, working to help end gun violence through trauma-informed community healing. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Boston Alumnae Chapter.