EASTON – Stonehill College junior Desiree Ruiz Ramoz of Everett recently joined 173 student leaders from across the country to make up the 2022-2023 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows. This program recognizes young adults committed to fostering change locally and globally. Sponsored by Campus Compact, a Boston-based, nonprofit national coalition, this prestigious opportunity allows students to participate in virtual training and networking experiences that emphasize personal, professional and civic growth.
“Desiree is a valued member of the Stonehill community. She is eager to offer her presence, ideas and talents to support her peers and will undeniably be a source of light and hope in all her endeavors,” said Stonehill College President John Denning.
Over the last few years, Ruiz Ramoz, who is double majoring in Psychology and English, has made a lasting impact on campus. She has been involved in the H.O.P.E. Service Immersion Program since coming to Stonehill, first as a participant, then as an immersion leader and now as an intern responsible for helping shepherd the program. Ruiz Ramoz is also president of Students Outreach for Refugees, Asylees, & Immigrants (SORAI) at Stonehill. Additionally, she is a mentor in BACES Mentoring Program (Black, Indigenous and People of Color Achieving Connection & Empowerment at Stonehill).
In her Newman Civic Fellowship application, Ruiz Ramoz, a first-generation Guatemalan-American, wrote about her desire to help women of color gain access to opportunities that will allow them to flourish personally and professionally.
“My hope is that my mark in this world is not the last because it sure wasn’t the first,” she said. “But that my mark inspires others to want to continue to see and act towards social justice in all aspects.”