Member at Large - Social Justice

Ema Rosero-Nordalm

Bilingual: English - Spanish

The Reverend Ema Rosero-Nordalm humbly, with dedication and enthusiasm, serves as a deacon in the diocese of Massachusetts. Born in Tumaco, Colombia in 1944, Ema came to the United States in 1967. She studied Biology and Chemistry in Bogotá Colombia and holds degrees in Spanish and Latin American Literature from Concordia University in Montreal Canada, and Bilingual and Bicultural Education from UMass, Boston, MA.

From 1977 until 1985 when she was hired to a full-time position at Boston University, she traveled and lived abroad in Spain, England, Italy, and France. During those years, she taught ESL, Latin American culture and literature; designed and published a Curriculum of Puerto Rican Studies for the Boston Public Schools; worked as the Hispanic Specialist at the Cambridge Alternative School; taught ESL and GED at the Cardinal Cushing Center, and Roxbury Community College; served as part time Spanish language Instructor at several universities and colleges in the Boston area including: Tufts University, Boston State College, Simmons College, Northeastern University, and at Harvard University and Harvard Extension.

She worked as a volunteer Health Educator in HIV/AIDS Prevention Program for the Latin American Health Institute. She designed workshops on HIV/AIDS called “charlas” using Paulo Freire’s model of participatory education which she offered to Latino communities living in Lowell, Lawrence, Brockton, Chelsea, and Boston.

She retired from Boston University in 2007, after twenty-two years of dedicated work teaching Spanish to undergraduate students; training part time faculty and graduate students on how to teach Spanish language and culture; designing programs and creating materials for undergraduate students having problems learning a foreign language; directing the BU Summer Program abroad in Madrid Spain.

In 1996, she was invited to Saint Peter´s Episcopal in Cambridge, MA, where she found her spiritual home and her calling to serve others with love. Since then, she has dedicated herself to serve the Latino Ministries of the Episcopal Church. Nationwide and abroad, she has created programs, trainings, spiritual retreats, and tools to empower Latinos and Latinas inviting them to discover, explore and make use of their leadership skills to serve, represent, and be the voice of the Latino community in their congregations and dioceses. Her joy and praise to God is to witness the many ways in which guidance and divine inspiration opens paths to empowered faithful transformation as communities of faith in Christ´s name!