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Krizia Ramirez
turning personal challenges into inspiration for others

Krizia Ramirez could be a statistic, but instead she is advocating for change. After losing her mom to cancer, 13-year-old Krizia and her seven siblings entered foster care. Now a senior after only two years at UTSA, she is majoring in criminal justice and public administration with big plans to make a difference for young people like her.

“Without donor contributions, I wouldn’t be here. Most of the students wouldn’t be here. It wouldn’t be possible for us to make such a difference in the world and further our education.”

- Krizia Ramirez

Krizia has worked to ensure other foster youth have access to higher education by lobbying the state for change. “Foster care kids move around so much. Every move sets us back six months in school, making it difficult to be college ready. By staying enrolled, I show that I’m not just another number. I show other kids in foster care that, yes, it is hard, but you can do it,” she says.

Krizia is inspired by the support she has received at UTSA. “Without donor contributions, I wouldn’t be here. Most of the students wouldn’t be here. It wouldn’t be possible for us to make such a difference in the world and further our education.” She plans to attend law school so she can continue to be a voice for those in need.

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