Cristian Ramos, a third year student at the University of North Georgia, demonstrates a deep commitment to assisting the local Latino community through volunteerism, political engagement, and campus leadership. Cristian currently serves as the Managing Director for HoPe - a grassroots non-profit organization that offers leadership courses and scholarship assistance to local Hispanic high school students. He is also actively involved with local political campaigns as well as on-campus initiatives that encourage students to vote and get involved in politics. At UNG, he facilitates classroom discussions on issues of diversity through his position as a Diplomat for Diversity. Most recently, Cristian completed the Georgia Association of Latino Elected officials Institute for Leadership certificate. Cristian's wide-ranging advocacy has left a lasting mark on his local community, and we expect this influence to continue to grow in the coming years.
Like a lot of people from my generation, I have the desire to reach my highest potential through continuous and engaged learning. But I expect this to occur while engaging in higher theological, philosophical, and political questions and ideas that moderate the way that I serve my community. I agree with the known adage that service is the rent that we pay for living in this world, although I must add what we all know, that rent is higher depending on where one lives. For that reason, I feel an enormous debt for living in one of the greatest countries in history, the United States of America, and I am eager to give back where and when I can.