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Margarita Vizcarra '11 March 25, 2021 2:22 PM updated: March 25, 2021 3:21 PM

Margarita "Maggie" Vizcarra
DECEMBER 20, 1988 – NOVEMBER 16, 2020

Margarita is survived by her mother, Margarita Vizcarra Rodriguez; her father, Heriberto Vizcarra; her grandmother, Elvira Vizcarra; her aunt and uncle; Connie and Daniel Alfaro, and numerous other members of the Rodrigues and Vizcarra families.

Margarita “Maggie” Vizcarra was born on December 20th, 1988, in Houston, Texas. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.A. in Political Science and went on to pursue a master’s degree at Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois. There she earned an M.A. in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies with a thesis on “Creating a New Mythos”: Reassessing Race Standards in Latina/o Students.

While in Chicago, she continued to empower people of color, fight for social justice, and combat oppression. Margarita was unapologetically truthful and could light up any dark room with her infectious personality. She published research, organized, and presented at several conferences. She never stopped fighting for the Latinx community. Margarita was in the process of completing her Ph.D. at the University of California, Riverside.

Margarita was a sister, a leader, an activist, a counselor, a professor, and a revolutionary woman. She impacted more lives in 31 years than many will influence in a lifetime.

She changed minds, organized protests, and inspired people to leave the world better than they found it. The sky has gained a bright star. The hearts of those who knew her will forever be changed.

The family of Margarita appreciates your kind expressions of sympathy in their loss. Your thoughts and stories are greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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