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Sonia RamirezRecent Graduate Named as a Clauve Outstanding Senior

Sonia Ramirez, a Spring 2020 graduate of the College of Education and Human Sciences, received university-wide recognition as a Clauve Outstanding Senior, one of seven UNM students chosen for this honor. This award acknowledges high academic achievement, and campus and community engagement.

UNM alumna and music educator Lena Clauve served as Dean of Women for thirty years. Like the students who receive the award named for her, as an undergraduate she was involved in numerous activities and excelled academically. As Dean, and for decades after her retirement in 1961, she founded and contributed to many campus and community organizations.

Ramirez graduated with a double major: a BS in Family & Child Studies with a concentration in Human Development and Family Relations, and a BA in Psychology, with honors. Family and community support were instrumental in her success, and she in turn supported others as a volunteer and mentor.

She served as Vice-President of the Mexican Student Association and a Student Success Leader at El Centro de la Raza. Ramirez was active with the Agora Crisis Center, and mentored students in her high school, encouraging them to pursue higher education.

“When I got to college I thought I’d just focus on academics,” she said, “but opportunities came up, and I remembered that my purpose for going to college was to help my community. I was so happy to be a part of these programs.”

Growing up in Albuquerque’s South Valley, Ramirez recognized at a young age that there was a great need for bilingual, culturally competent healthcare workers. She plans to pursue an MA in Social Work.

“I think it’s important to increase diversity within the profession,” she noted, “and as I gain more experience in behavioral health I would like to help inspire others to also achieve their master’s degrees and licenses.”

Read More about 2020 Clauve Awardees here.