University of California, San Diego
Why I Do What I Do: I believe educational research and policy can be leveraged to challenge systems of inequity that limit opportunities for historically marginalized communities.
Alma Mater(s): University of California, Irvine & California State University, Long Beach
Your role in one sentence: As a research fellow, I engage in research and analysis that contributes to the Campaign’s research and advocacy efforts.
When I am not at work helping students get to and succeed in college I am… buying a new plant, spending time with my Chihuahua named Tamarindo, or vintage shopping.
If not higher education then what cause? Immigration Policy and Reform
Brianna Ramirez is the daughter of Mexican immigrants who was born and raised in Long Beach, California and is the first in her family to pursue any form of graduate education. Her familial and personal experiences with educational and racial/ethnic inequities informs her passion in challenging systemic inequities that shape the higher education opportunities of Black, Indigenous, students of Color.
Brianna has a decade of research experience that explores higher education (in)opportunity structures for historically marginalized communities and immigrants of color in California. She specializes in intersecting systems of marginalization that shape educational opportunity structures for Latina/o/x students and communities in the United States through a critical race & feminist perspective. Brianna currently serves as the graduate student representative of the Chancellor’s Committee for the Status of Women at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), where she advocates for an intersectional perspective on gender issues. Brianna has also supported first-generation students as a college advisor through a Federal Trio Program and the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB).
Brianna is a Chicana doctoral candidate in Education Studies at UCSD where she specializes in higher education equity for BIPOC students. Brianna also holds a master’s degree in the Social and Cultural Analysis of Education program at CSULB and a bachelor’s degree in Social Ecology with a specialization in Education from the University of California, Irvine.