Brian Ramírez is a third year from Paramount, CA double-majoring in Urban Studies and Public Health. He grew up in the low-income poc communities of South-East Los Angeles and the Inland Empire which exposed him to overwhelming disparities in education, health, and living conditions. The severity and closeness of these realities motivated him to use the opportunities at Berkeley to learn how he can return home and address these issues.
Currently he is a research intern for the City of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf's Office, where he manages the “Oakland Housing Security Research Project”. The “Oakland Housing Security Research Project” aims to explore the level of housing security, what is causing insecurity and how insecurity is impacting city residents – so that effective solutions can be developed and implemented to improve housing security. In addition, he is a site director for Emerson Oakland Elementary’s BUILD Program where he plans curriculum for literacy improvement, mentors scholars, and tracks their academic progress.
This summer he hopes to learn more about how the Los Angeles city government develops affordable housing, redevelops existing public housing, and involves the local communities in the planning process.