Lasell Staff Member to be Honored for Service to Nicaraguan People

Lasell Staff Member to be Honored for Service to Nicaraguan People

September 13, 2013

The Nicaraguan Association of Massachusetts and members of the Boston-area Nicaraguan community will honor Lydia Sampson at the Central American Independence Day celebration at Boston City Hall September 14.

Sampson, who serves as the Brennan Library's head of technical services, also volunteers her time as a member of the Board of Director of the Newton-San Juan del Sur Sister City Project, which works closely with Lasell's Shoulder to Should program in that city.

The celebration, which will involve Boston Mayor Tom Menino, is scheduled from 11 am to 6 pm at Boston City Hall Plaza.

"The organization has decided unanimously to honor you with our Annual Award, as a way to say thank you for loving Nicaragua with your heart and hard work, as a way to distinguish publicly all your effort and contributions in favor of our people, as a way to echo the voices of many Nicaraguan that cry and celebrate the existence of wonderful people like you, that bring hope to this unjust world," said Alfonso Hernández, association president in his invitation to Sampson.

For years Sampson has been heavily involved in mentoring students involved in the Newton Sister City program and the Shoulder to Shoulder international service learning trip to San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua.

She has been integral in developing customized field work for Lasell students in Nicaragua as well as educating them on the educational, health care an employment needs in rural Nicaraguan communities.

"Lydia's particular gift has been to work with Nicaraguan organizers as master-teachers and experts. These hard-driving, long-standing leaders in community organizing have worked with Lasell in meaningful ways for their community and our students," said Stephanie Athey, member of Lasell's Humanities faculty and head of Shoulder to Shoulder program in Mexico.