International Women's Day: Student Spotlight with Alejandra Ramirez Hernandez

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begin quote It has given me strength, inspiration, community and empowerment to be surrounded by so many powerful, intelligent and beautiful women who are leading and creating change.

In recognition of International Women's Day, Alejandra Ramirez Hernandez highlights the importance of unity to uplift women and of education to challenge gender bias. Alejandra is a student in the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.

Why is it important for SOLES to value the role of women in your degree program?

In the counseling profession, we will be working with diverse communities. It is important for minorities and marginalized groups to see representation in hopes to inspire or begin their healing process. It has given me strength, inspiration, community and empowerment to be surrounded by so many powerful, intelligent and beautiful women who are leading and creating change.

How do you lift up the women in your life/community?

By making sure they are valued, they matter and are cared for. By celebrating their accomplishments and to always empower their vision. By making sure to bring up issues surrounding womanhood in the spaces I hold and bringing awareness to our cause(s). 

How do you choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequity?

Through education. I think it is important to engage in healthy discussions with those who have opposing views. It is important to "call in" the individual(s) into the brave space to have a discussion. One thing I have learned is that I have a voice and when conversations are happening that can cause harm to always express my point of view.

What do you hope is accomplished through celebrating International Women's Day?

Community for women around the world to come together and continue to support each other. There is still a lot of work that needs to get done. I hope that even though we might come from different cultural backgrounds, we can stand along each other for change to keep our country moving FORWARD. 

Anything else you would like to add?

"You can be a thousand different women. It's your choice which one you want to be. It's about freedom and sovereignty. You celebrate who you are. You say, 'This is my kingdom.'"-Salma Hayek

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