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Laura J. Ramirez

Laura J. Ramirez

Laura J. Ramírez holds a doctorate in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her work to advance a quality public education for all children at the local, national, and international levels spans the gamut of grassroots organizing, policy advocacy, collective responses to injustice, community building and healing, and radical acts of resistance. A Spanish teacher by training, she has taught in Chicago area public schools and she has also worked for over 13 years as a youth worker and human rights enforcer. Through her work, she has shared her knowledge with young people of color and parents and provided tools for them to become advocates for their human rights. Additionally, she helped to pass the Chicago City Council’s ordinance ratifying the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 2009. She has also helped develop socially conscious teachers who are grounded in community understanding through her work as a professor in teacher preparation programs including the Urban Teacher Education Program at the University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Elmhurst College. Furthermore, she is a writer who focuses on political and cultural critiques. Her philosophy of life goes hand in hand with her belief that in our society it is the duty of all people to demand that their human rights be respected and that it is everyone’s duty to hold their government and institutions accountable for their actions in our communities. She believes that education is a necessary tool for people to develop their full capacity and ability to think, as well as love more fully.