It is always a joy to see amazing things happen for amazing people.
This week, I wanted highlight someone I look up to both as a friend and scholar for some of the amazing things she has done within the past year. For those of you who may not know the name: get use to hearing it. Marcela Ramirez is not only an educator, but an upcoming speaker who is passionate about the rights of marginalized students and has dedicated much of her work to serving the needs of underserved populations.
This is why Marcela is this week's Rainbow Spotlight.
When I first met Marcela, I felt how passionate she was about creating change in higher education. As I have watched her name grow in both social circles and speaking platforms, I have seen her make some amazing strides in her life, both personally and professionals.
Since 2016, Marcela has served as a Student Regent for the University of California school system, is a Ph.D. candidate at University of California, Riverside and serves as the graduate student respresentative of the President LGBT Advisory Committee. What makes her so bad ass is that she also is a previous member of the Undocumented Student Task Force at UC Riverside and is the founding Director of the Middle Eastern Student Center.
On her success she states:
"I whole heartedly believe that unfulfilled ancestral dreams and prayers can manifest in later lifetimes. I know that for us, in these bodies, we are honored to live as a manifestation of our ancestors deepest desires and dreams. We are here to assert fearlessly that we have the right to be free and the right to be loved."
Recently, her and her partner were featured in Cosmo in relation to their love and love for activism.
Marcela stated that she hopes to continue to encourage other Latina/Latinx indlviduals to walk honestly and openly in their truth and believes that she will change the world, one march at a time.
To learn more about Marcela and the wonderful work she is doing, follow her on twitter, @MarcelaSpeaks.