Adilene Ramirez, ’18

Adilene graduated from UCLA in 2018 with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Labor & Workplace Studies. During her time at UCLA, Adilene had served as the Ralph J. Bunche Director for the UCLA Alumni Scholars Club, a committee aimed to help underrepresented minorities connect to the alumni network the campus offers. She was also a Client Intake Volunteer at the Alliance for Children’s Rights, the Internal Vice President for the UCLA Undergraduate Philosophy Club, an Intern for Congressman Tony Cardenas, a private English tutor and a Barista at the Evelyn & Mo Ostin Music Café.

She also served as an undergraduate research assistant with the Department of Chicano/a Studies. Under the project, Adilene used Critical Discourse Analysis as a tool to dissect the language behind U.S. immigration laws. During her time working through her minor in Labor & Workplace Studies, Adilene was a Day Laborer ESL Tutor for UCLA’s Proyecto De Jornaleros, a volunteering group aimed at teaching day laborers English in order to better navigate their physically demanding workspaces. She also worked on research projects on the experiences of immigrant construction and masonry workers. These experiences have helped facilitate Adilene’s future aspirations on wanting to pursue law as a means to represent Los Angeles’ immigrant workforce.

Post-graduation Adilene worked at Jacoby & Meyers LLP as a Legal Assistant and then as the firm’s Outsourcing Liaison. Adilene is now currently a 1L at Southwestern Law School.

For Adilene, the Norma J. Ehrlich Scholarship has gone beyond any monetary assistance. The community and sisterhood within the Ehrlich Scholars has helped her navigate her undergraduate career beyond anything else on campus. Craig’s consistent mentoring and support has helped facilitate positive dialogue amongst the scholars and has served as a priceless gift for personal and professional development.