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    Denise Ramos-Vega


    Policy Fellow

    DENISE RAMOS-VEGA was born and raised in a small predominantly Latinx community nestled on the border of Fullerton and Placentia, California. She is the first in her family to graduate from high school and continue onto college. Denise is a junior at UCLA double-majoring in Geography and Chicano/a/x and Central American Studies with a minor in Education. As someone who has been impacted by systemic inequity throughout her life, Denise aims to uplift those who the system often leaves behind. Denise serves as the UCLA Latinx Greek Council President, overseeing seven fraternities and sororities, and as the chapter philanthropy chair of Lambda Theta Alpha, Latin Sorority Inc., where she leads a program to empower high school students in South Central Los Angeles. She remains connected to her home community as a public speaker, as a facilitator of “Know Your Rights” workshops, and as a bridge between parents and administrators at her sister’s elementary school. At the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative, Denise is deepening her research interests in educational inequity, urban planning, and immigration. Her future goals include pursuing a master’s in public policy and working in the public sector within policy development, research, and state legislation.