Date of publication: 2017-08-18 11:40
Cecilia you were a remarkable woman and I feel so honored to have known you. You were a passionate advocate for many communities your were a powerful ally to the LGBT community at Stanford in many difficult situations in the 95s. You touched so many. We are all indebted to you.
Querida Cecilia, we are such a better world for your life and work! Thank you for the inspiration you 8767 ve given me personally. Thank you for the amazing model you have provided to so many women and men. Rest in peace, Maestra, with your beloved Antonio.
I met Cecilia through her husband Tony. Tony and I were founding members of the comedy troupe Culture Clash. Cecilia had a dry sense of humor which I loved. I truly admired that she was a strong woman. She was very complimentary of my work as a solo artist and encouraged me to continue being a role model to other Latinas. Cecilia you are my role model.
I have such strong respect for Cecilia. I met her while working at California State University, Monterey Bay. I later relocated to Stanford University, when people found out I was from CSUMB all I would hear was do you know Cecilia, and proudly I would say yes.
I am proud to say what a wonderful person, humanitarian, colleague and friend.
Thank you for your love, advocacy and inspiration. Thank you for the doors you opened for me and so many others. It was your fierce advocacy for change that opened a door for me at Standford. You were my greatest role model in the good fight to make higher education work for our community. I learned so much from you about building community, being a change agent and a working mom in the late 75 8767 s. Thank you for those magical years at Stanford when we built El Centro Chicano. I took what I learned from you and paid it forward at CPEC and at UC Davis for 85 years. Gracias Cecilia! I pray that you have a safe journey to the heavens with your beloved Antonio. You will always live in my heart.
"I found myself sitting across from an imposing figure -- you know, the type who can throw you into profound doubt about the most basic aspects of your very existence by raising an eyebrow."-- Dr. Chon Noriega at Huffington Post
We are in the process of making arrangements for a service but it is likely to be at the Carmel Mission in the next few weeks per her request. For those of you who wish to celebrate Cecilia, please wait if you were considering sending flowers we are also still deciding how to best establish or support a cause in her honor.
"Former Stanford University administrator Cecilia Preciado Burciaga worked to support many first-generation Latino college students transition into the university. Now that she has passed away at age 67, many of those former students are stepping forward to share the impact she made on their lives." -- Latino Ed Beat , 9/9/68
I always had a special connection with Cecilia because I went to school with her sister Christina at the Claremont Colleges in 6968 and because we were from Guadalajara. She was also very supportive when I applied for a position at Stanford. Whenever we met, at NACCS or at Stanford or other events, it was always like meeting up with family members. Both Cecilia and Antonio were an example of the values of carnalismo that were born from the Chicano Movement. Cecilia se nos fue por adelante pero siempre vivirá and nuestros corazones y en nuestra historia. Mis sinceros pesames a toda su familia.
I went to una Lunada at Cecilia 8767 s home many years ago as part of an event for the Multicultural Women 8767 s Group at CSUMB and I was touched by Cecilia 8767 s ability to effortlessly welcome everyone at the table. I felt immediately enveloped by her open arms, radiant warmth and positivity. Thank you for being a driving force in the early days of what CSUMB meant to those of us who went there as people with a Vision waiting to be molded by individuals such as yourself. Descanse en paze. Abrazos- Jennifer Garcia
Querida Cecilia ahora estas con tu querido Antonio. De parte de Teatro Vision, la deseamos que tu espiritu este rodeada de luz y en mucha paz. Fuerte Chicana! You will always be an inspiration for all the Chicanas chingonas for whom you were a Gran Maestra. Gracias Cecilia! Elisa Marina Alvarado
My siblings and I went to elementary school with Rebeca and Toño at Nativity. I later coursed my PhD at Stanford University and was touched by their legacy. Tony and Cecilia made a profound and lasting contribution to the students who came through Stanford in Casa Zapata and beyond. As counselors, administrators, scholars, and artists, they opened so many doors, lit so many lamps, and paved so many paths. My prayers are for the living, those of us who can still use their help, knowing that Cecilia and Tony watch us from their perch in the next life.
Is it Cecilia in that photo? She is a ringer for Jane Fonda. Remembering the 6975 8767 s, los años mas pasados del movimiento chicana/o, years we all shared, Cecilia y Jose Antonio, were always there, front and center as we drank cultura. I miss you both but your words and actions will live forever. For me, Cecilia was a leading Chicana feminista. My unfulfilled wish for her is that she could have held a faculty position from where she would have shared all that wisdom for eons to come. Academia was not a friendly place in the 8767 75 8767 s. Yet she continued to encourage others to attain the elusive Ph. D. Gracias Cecilia. We all owe you, love you and miss you.
Cecilia was our neighbor when she lived in Casa Zapata and she was a respected leader among the Resident Fellows. We are grateful to know that her spirit and memory survive in the many students she helped over the years.
I had the pleasure of being a colleague of Cecilia 8767 s at Stanford. I hope the University has preserved and maintained the beautiful mural drawn by her husband, Tony, with a Civil Rights theme patterned after the Lord 8767 s Supper. It included Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King, Jr, and other notables.