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Margarita "Maggie" Vizcarra

December 20, 1988November 16, 2020
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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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Scott Whitehair

November 30, 2020

I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. I was only fortunate enough to spend a brief amount of time with Margarita during a storytelling class I was facilitating. However, I was struck by her kindness, warmth, good nature, and fearlessness. Margarita made a lasting impression upon me, and I consider myself lucky for having the opportunity to get to know her a little through some of her stories. The world is definitely lessened by her departure, but is clearly a better place due to how she spent her time here. Rest in peace.

Jennifer R Najera

November 30, 2020

Margarita was a true joy to have in the classroom. She was smart and incisive, a critical and creative thinker. She had a wonderful sense of humor and an abiding desire to make education better for Latinx students. I loved seeing her on campus and around town and appreciated our conversations. Margarita’s death is such a tremendous loss. My deepest condolences to her family and to everyone who loved her.

Maria Alejandra Salazar

November 25, 2020

My most sincere condolences to Margarita's family and loved ones. I met Margarita when she moved to Chicago but truly, it felt like she had always been here. I am so proud to call her a sorority sister, a friend, a co-struggler en la lucha. Margarita lit up any space she entered and made people feel seen, like they belonged. My favorite memories with her involve dancing for hours at CumbiaSazo and singing our hearts out to Bomba Estereo at Ruido Fest, always with that wide smile and laugh of hers . Margarita lived so fully, shone so brightly, she embodied what "bringing your whole self" really means. She didn't take herself too seriously while also being a badass critical scholar, fighting for a more just world. I miss you and will love you always, hermana.


Mi mas sentido pesame para la familia y comunidades de Margarita. Conocí a Margarita cuando se mudó a Chicago, pero siento que siempre ha estado aquí. Estoy muy orgullosa de llamarla mi hermana, amiga, y compañera en la lucha. Margarita iluminaba cualquier espacio al que entraba y hacía que la gente se sintiera como si pertenecieran. Mis recuerdos favoritos con ella incluyen bailando cumbia por horas y cantando con todo nuestro corazón en los conciertos, siempre con esa sonrisa y riendose a carcajadas. Margarita vivió tan plenamente, brilló tan intensamente, encarnó lo que realmente significa "traer tu ser complete". No se tomaba demasiado en serio y al mismo tiempo era una pedagoga de alto calibre. Te extraño y te amaré siempre, hermana.

Uma Jayakumar

November 25, 2020

My deepest condolences to Margarita’s family. Margarita was and is a gift to this world. Her impact on me and others at UCR was profound. She was a scholar, teacher, and activist, and for those who could listen a leader on institutional transformation. I had the pleasure of being a part of a teaching team with Margarita and Sara. She was the best teaching assistant I have ever had. She made the class better, supported students in understanding the complex material, and by the end, those students were more deferential to her than even me. She lovingly held them accountable and some asked if I would “put in a good word with her” about grading. I loved that moment because it showed the respect she had earned from them. More than the class, I enjoyed our walks to and from class talking about what was important to each of us, calling out problems in the school, and laughing a lot. It was my favorite quarter of teaching in over a decade of doing so. After the class, I continued to consider Margarita an unofficial advisee, and only imagined we’d continue to grow closer. I know that even in her absence I will continue to learn from her brilliance, truth telling, and the love that emanated from her always.

Katie Monroe Ahnen

November 25, 2020

Margarita was one of my first friends when working at Evanston Township. We would see each other in the hallways, and at celebrations but really solidified our friendship over lunch. Margarita was so dedicated to her students. She had the very best laugh and made you feel good just by being around her. She was smart and fun and funny and so passionate. Margarita loved the people in her life immensely. From singing in Grant Park at a Juanes concert to long conversations at the lunch table, I will miss Margarita's passion, her infectious laugh and incredible heart.

To Margarita's family and those closest to her, I am so incredibly sorry. My heart and love are with you all.

Yvonne Jacobs

November 25, 2020

First I would like to give my condolences to Maggie’s family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
I had the pleasure of working with your daughter at Aldine High School. I was one of the counselors there who worked along side of her. I was truly impressed with how she worked with our students, especially our Hispanic students. She ensured them that if she could go to college they could do it too and she did whatever was necessary to instill this idea in their minds. She worked tirelessly for them, placing her own needs second, that was just an indicator of the wonderful person that she was. When she moved to Chicago she reached out to me to write a recommendation letter for her, I was so honored that she chose me. I was excited for her future and when I visited Chicago in 2013, I was sure to make contact with her to tell her how very proud I was of her. ( this was our last time together-see photo). Although she will be missed, especially that beautiful smile, the impact that she has left on so many will continue to live on. 💙

Gabi Senno

November 24, 2020

To the Vizcarra family and their loved ones,

My deepest condolences to you and your friends. Ms. Margarita, as I knew her, became one of the truest role models I have ever known. Her strong convictions and moral compass are few of the many qualities I admire her for. As a high school student, I had the privilege to get to know and learn from her through weekends spent together through the Latinx Summit and Speech and Debate Team. No matter the circumstance, Margarita made every student feel affirmed; her door always open. During my junior and senior years, I visited her during lunch everyday. After she graduated from her master's program, she showed me all the charts she had made for her project, her face glowing with pride. She said something along the lines of "look at my charts!" We laughed and I clapped for her. I will never forget the ways she asked students tough questions, the way she told me to use a cotton T shirt to dry curly hair, the way she made goodie bags during Halloween, the way she joked she would go into stand up comedy if her degree program didn't work out, the way she LOVED anything Texas and minion themed, the way she laughed, and the way she touched every student she came into contact with. Margarita Vizcarra was an inspiration and she will not be forgotten, only loved and remembered. From the bottom of my heart, I send you, your friends, and your family support. Thank you Margarita por tu impacto profundo en mi vida. Nunca te olivardé.

Best,
Gabi Senno

Annett Valadez

November 24, 2020

My condolences to the family I met this young lady when she was very young she had the brightest smile that I've ever seen. Prayers to all the family.

Erin Mason

November 21, 2020

I taught Maggie in my English class at Northbrook High School. She had an infectious smile and a warm heart. I feel blessed to have known her.

Caro Gallo

November 21, 2020

Maggie was a force to be reckon with she gave light to our lives. I met her dancing at Cumbiazazo we just met in middle of dance floor and her energy made me realize I wanted to be her friend. Whenever I dance I will always remember her.

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