Local Students Earn Academic Honors

Desiree Ruiz Ramoz ‘23 Honored

Psychology and English double major Desiree Ruiz Ramoz ‘23 of Everett,  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.”

Stonehill College, a Catholic institution of higher learning, was founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1948. Located on the beautiful 384-acre campus and former estate of Frederick Lothrop Ames in North Easton, Massachusetts, it is a community of scholarship and faith, anchored by a belief in the inherent dignity of each person.

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