Teresa Ramirez is a proud Mexicana/Latinx woman who immigrated to the United States from Mexico at eight years old. She grew up in the Bay Area and was fortunate enough to be a part of a college access program that provided her with resources, guidance, and mentorship to obtain her goal of attending college and graduating from CSU Chico with a BA in Psychology and Spanish. Teresa experienced firsthand the challenges that many first-generation, low-income immigrant students face on their journey to and through college. Through her personal experiences and involvement with supporting parents, youth-related work, and directing college access programs, she has lead and an initiated college preparation programming for high school and college students. Throughout her twenty-year career at UC Berkeley, Teresa developed a deep passion for and commitment to working towards educational equity for marginalized students. She has trained and designed materials/resources for high school counselors and community partners on best practices on creating a college-going culture to prepare and motivate students in applying for financial aid, careers (CTE), and the various pathways to post-secondary education.
Associate Director (Solano County Region)