Student Success Stories
San Francisco State University
Ramon Hernandez transferred to San Francisco State from community college in hopes of learning outside his hometown of Los Angeles. Given his family's longtime financial circumstances, Ramon was determined to overcome the challenges and strive to succeed as a first generation college student. He graduated Cum Laude in May 2013, named Valedictorian of the Urban Studies and Planning Department, and served as the student speaker for both the EOP and Latina/o Studies Department commencements. Ramon has been active in the SF State community-he worked with the Cesar Chavez Research Institute since summer 2012, co-founded Student for Planning and Urban Affairs (SFPUA) organization this spring 2013, and was design editor for the student led Urban Action journal. Inspired by San Francisco's progressive city initiatives, Ramon decided to investigate the role of architecture in the Latina/o community. He will begin his masters in Architecture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor as a Taubman Scholar this summer 2013. He hopes to investigate disparities and contribute to under-served communities as an architect to improve the quality of life for people.
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