Long Beach student Nohemi Gonzalez remembered at rally, vigil

Cal State Long Beach student Nohemi Gonzalez was honored with a moment of silence during CFA’s rally Tuesday.

Gonzalez, 23, was among those killed in the Paris terrorist attacks. She was studying at the State College of Design in Paris as part of a semester abroad program.

“We want to honor her memory and those whose lives were lost,” said Melina Abdullah, a professor at Cal State Los Angeles and emcee of CFA’s noon rally.

Gonzalez worked as a teaching assistant at Long Beach and as a shop technician. She oversaw lower-division students on their design projects, according to the LA Times report.

“Even as a freshman, she exhibited leadership. She owned the stage whenever she presented,” David Lee, a design instructor who taught Gonzalez, told the LA Times. “Her magic and beauty was so effortless.”

The campus held a vigil for Gonzalez Sunday night. The Academe Blog reported:

As grieving faculty, students and loved ones took to the podium to remember Gonzalez, known fondly as ‘Mimi’, a similar picture emerged—one of a sunny, positive and driven young woman who had an enormous impact on the Design Department, the university and the community.

Standing in testament to her influence, were the hundreds of tearful and somber figures wearing black and yellow ribbons that filled the student union ballrooms, spilled out into the lobbies and overflowed onto the lawn outside. It was a symbol of solidarity and love for Gonzalez, the campus and the global community.

On behalf of the faculty throughout the 23-campus CSU system, CFA extends its deepest sympathies to Gonzalez’s family, friends, teachers and peers.