UROC – Undergraduate Coordinator
My name is Diana Ramirez (pronouns: she/they) and I am a first-generation transfer student majoring in Chicano studies. I am a daughter of Mexican immigrants and was born and raised in East Los Angeles. I am a 2021 URAP Fellow at UCSF with the Fuerte Program, where I work to support newcomer Latinx immigrant youth at-risk for traumatic stress and to increase their knowledge of and access to mental health services and resources. I am also in the process of cultivating my senior honors thesis this year.
Upon transferring to Cal from East Los Angeles College in Spring 2020, I immersed myself in the transfer community at the Transfer Student Center where I serve as a peer advocate lead in our Transitioning to Cal course. Here, I support first-semester transfer students in their transition to a four-year university. Having taken the course myself and now being a student co-facilitator for the course, I realize the profound and transformative impacts that I can continue to make in students from historically underrepresented backgrounds, especially within the transfer community, both as a student leader and as a researcher of color at Cal. My work and research are personal to me: it is a labor of love that centers the voices and experiences of my ancestors and communities. My hope is to continue to create a strong and inclusive community among the students of color at this institution with the goal of decolonizing academia.