Stonehill Student Honored as Part of 2022-2023 Newman Civic Fellow Cohort
Stonehill junior Desiree Ruiz Ramoz has been recognized for her commitment to solving public problems.
Psychology and English double major Desiree Ruiz Ramoz ’23 joins 173 student leaders from across the country who will 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 Connect, a Boston-based non-profit, 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,” wrote President John Denning, C.S.C., in a statement supporting Ruiz Ramoz’s fellowship application.
The current junior has made a lasting impact on campus over the last few years. 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 SORAI, a student organization that advocates for refugee, asylee and immigrant rights. Additionally, she serves as a BACES mentor through the Office of Intercultural Affairs, supporting other students of color in their college journey.
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.”