2018 Distinguished Alumni recipient Eliberto "Eddie" Ramos ('99, Sociology) will be speaking on "Life and Work Alterations: The Journey from Gang Culture to Inmate Advocate."
Following the presentation will be a question & answer session, award presentation, and reception.
Eddie is a Psychiatric Social Worker for Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Court Linkage Program within superior courts. Serving as a bridge between the courts, the community, and the clients within the Los Angeles criminal justice system, he works on alternative sentencing and rehabilitation plans for adult offenders. He has helped community organizations develop and implement prevention and intervention strategies that target at- or high-risk adolescent populations to reduce community violence. His knowledge and effectiveness in his fields has led to numerous invitations as a presenter and keynote speaker at colleges, universities, and conferences.
His dedication to community service carries into his personal life through the years he worked for the R.M. Pyles Boys Camp, a wilderness camp promoting leadership and character development for low-income, disadvantaged boys. Ramos, who attended the camp as a youth, and is now on the board of directors, credits it with helping him on the path to HSU. “I just want to find ways, either through interventions, camp programs or rehabilitation to help preserve young adolescent lives.”