League of United Latin American Citizens honors Dr. Teresa Ramos
Dr. Teresa Ramos, Director of Community Engagement for Advance Illinois, received the Latinx Advocate Leadership Award from the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) at the 62nd Illinois LULAC Annual State Convention on Saturday, June 9, at Argo Community High School in Summit.
Teresa was honored for her leadership of the Funding Illinois’ Future coalition, which successfully advocated for a fix to Illinois’ worst-in-the-nation school funding formula in 2017.
“She’s a young Latinx leader inspiring people across Illinois,” said Caroline Sanchez Crozier, Founding President, LULAC Illinois Education Council 5238. “Her amazing energy was needed to tackle a 20-year problem. My advocacy work of today was inspired by her dedication for education equity. Her work embodies the mission of LULAC.”
Teresa spent five years working to build the coalition, taking innumerable trips across the state and culminating with a final flurry of 40-plus town hall meetings in 2017.
The convention honored other education advocates, too. Juan Salgado, Chancellor, City Colleges of Chicago, and Advance Illinois Board Member, received the LULAC Latinx Higher Education Leadership Award. State Sen. Andy Manar received the LULAC Legislator Leadership Award, and Dr. Carmen Ayala, Superintendent, Berwyn North School District, received the LULAC Latinx K-12 Leadership Education Award. Jesse Ruiz, Partner, Drinker, Briddle & Reath LLP, received the LULAC Scholarship Alumni Legacy Award. Keynote speakers included Maria Socorro Pesqueira, President, Healthy Communities Foundation, and Eric B. Lugo, Executive Vice-Chancellor for Institutional Advancement of City Colleges of Chicago.