Ramos

(Willmar MN-) Ridgewater College has hired a Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Alberto Ramos. Ramos will also serve as Affirmative Action Officer. He is a native of Winona, as town about the same size as Willmar and says he knows what it's like to feel excluded, and he wants to make Ridgewater a place where minorities feel welcome...

Ridgewater College President Craig Johnson says one reason they hired Ramos was to increase enrollment of students of color to reflect the general population of Willmar...

...Ramos says his top goals are to make sure Ridgewater adheres to Minnesota State's Equity 2030 initiative, eliminate equity gaps, and make sure the college does all it can to increase access to people of all ethnicities, cultures and economic levels. There are some events planned for September, Hispanic Heritage Month. On the 30th, Saoul Flores will tell his story of his parents emigrating to the U.S., followed by a Q and A session. Later this month the Green Card Voices exhibit will come to the Willmar campus, which tells the stories of immigrants from Central America.