Erick Ramirez, and undergraduate student at the UCSD sociology department, was recognized as the 2016 recipient of the Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Award. He is being recognized for exemplifying the UC San Diego Principle of Community.
As a sociology-social inequality major, Erick was a participant in the Honors Program in which he conducted research comparing low-income students who came in as freshmen with low-income students transferring from community colleges. Aside from his studies, Ramirez has shown great support for minority students through his work at the Chancellor’s Associates Scholars Program and the Undocumented Students Center.
Professors at the sociology department, Amy Binder and Jeffrey Haydu, described Erick Ramirez and his work for diversity on campus:
Erick has done more than enhance diversity at UCSD. Through his mentoring, his research, and his work at CASP and the Undocumented Center, he has also improved the chances that under-represented students who come to UCSD will succeed. In 27 years at UCSD, I have known no undergraduate who more richly deserves our Diversity Award.
A ceremony was held on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m., at the Price Center West Ballroom to recognize the 2016 Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Award Recipients. All University community members were invited to attend the ceremony.