My name is Citlali Ramirez. I was born and raised in Tucson by my loving parents and older siblings. My parents and my two brothers were born in Aguascalientes, Mexico, the city where my parents spent most of their youth. My sister was born in Oaxaca, Mexico while my father worked there. My parents immigrated to the United States in the 80s when my siblings were very young. They both eventually landed successful careers as educators in Family Literacy and Adult Education programs, primarily through Pima Community College. My parents instilled the fundamental values of teaching, learning, and acceptance in me as a result of their careers and general compassion. When I was 13, my father passed away due to Pancreatic Cancer, making a significant impact on my adolescence. In a way, I felt motivated to carry on the legacy of empowering the community through education and social programs that my father upheld.
As a senior in high school, I encounter many open doors and opportunities that I can take in order to accomplish just that. In college, I hope to study Environmental Engineering in order to pursue a career in which I can collaborate with disenfranchised communities to change the way in which we interact with the environment in a culturally appropriate context. In my ideal world, social justice and environmental consciousness walk hand in hand.