Miami Dade College Student Named a Campus Compact 2013 Newman Civic Fellow
Edwin A. Ramos has devoted hundreds of service hours fighting for immigrant justice
Miami, March 27, 2013 -
Edwin A. Ramos
, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in education at the Miami Dade College’s (MDC) InterAmerican Campus, has been named a Campus Compact 2013 Newman Civic Fellow. The prestigious award honors inspiring college student leaders who demonstrate an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.
Ramos is among 181 students selected nationally by the Campus Compact this year. They represent 36 states and are recognized as being among the finest student leaders in the nation. Nominated by their college and university presidents, these students are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change.
“These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can—and does—play in building stronger communities,” notes Campus Compact President Maureen Curley.
Born and raised in Miami to Nicaraguan and Puerto Rican parents, Ramos is the first in his family to attend college. He’s also passionate about immigrant rights, serving as president of Students Working for Equal Rights (SWER) for the past two years. In that capacity, he worked tirelessly to raise awareness about immigration issues, with a special focus on the plight of undocumented students and families.
He has testified at the state legislature about tuition options for undocumented students and
organized Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) clinics that helped more than 100 families apply for Deferred Action, which allows undocumented young people to work legally and stay in the U.S. for two years.
“What inspires me to speak up for immigration is the hard work of DREAMERS and their parents all around the country,” Ramos said. “I am a U.S. citizen, but what keeps me here is the fact that no human being is illegal. I am here fighting for the future of the U.S., for the families who work day and night to provide their children with a chance to become what they dreamed.”
Ramos also works extensively to improve graduation rates of undocumented students within the public school system, including informing them of scholarships and higher education opportunities. He’s a Student Government Association senator and treasurer and recently earned the President’s Volunteer Service Award for the hundreds of hours of service he contributes each year. His goal is to become an English teacher and to inspire the next generation of leaders.
Newman Civic Fellow awards are made in memory of Dr. Frank Newman, a founder of Campus Compact, who dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform. At the core of Dr. Newman’s leadership was a belief in the power of individuals to make a difference and in the power of connection with others. Frank Newman had a tremendous impact on American education and its role in the development of citizens who want to make a difference. This class of Newman Civic Fellows embodies this spirit and dedication.
The Newman Civic Fellows Awards are made possible through the generous support of the KPMG Foundation.
For a full list of the 2013 Newman Civic Fellows, go to http://www.compact.org/initiatives/awards-programs/the-frank-newman-leadership-award/the-2013-newman-civic-fellows/.
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