Joshua Ramirez, Ph.D., Project Director
Dr. Ramirez earned his Ph.D from U.C. Irvine's Cognitive Sciences doctoral program. He also received his M.A. in Social Sciences and B.A. in Psychology from U.C. Irvine, as well. Dr. Ramirez's graduate work examined the psycholinguistic, developmental, and neurological basis of reading disabilities. For five years, he served as a pre-doctoral research fellow for the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) National Institute for Child Health and Human Development. Dr. Ramirez's primary academic interests include speech perception, language acquisition, development, cognitive neuroscience, and visual intelligence. Dr. Ramirez previously taught at U.C. Irvine as an instructor of record, teaching associate and laboratory instructor; he also served as associate faculty for the South Orange County Community College District.
“I’m the first in my family to achieve an advanced degree, and I realize the role that mentorship played in reaching my goals. I continually try to pay that forward as a Psychology professor at SBCC.”
Adrienne Arguijo-Morgan, M.A., Coordinator
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I am a first-generation college graduate, earning a BA in English with a minor in Feminist Studies (LGBTQ+ concentration) and a MA in Education with an emphasis in Cultural Perspectives and Comparative Education from UCSB. Before coming to SBCC, I worked at UCSB and California Lutheran University. For over 16 years, I have worked to support the college success of Latinx and other marginalized students, through culturally relevant, and sustaining, university and academic practices. My work has focused on implementing student engagement and faculty development programs that ignite equity-minded, transformational experiences.
Joshua Villanueva, Grant Assistant
Hello, I am Josh Villanueva. My major is Computer Engineering and I am a Computer Science tutor in the CS lab at SBCC. I chose to be a part of the Student-Ready program because I know how important it is to have peer to peer support throughout a student’s academic journey.
"I value our SBCC community and I am excited to be a part of SBCC’s efforts to expand educational opportunities for underrepresented students.”
Javier Díaz, Grant Assistant
Hi! My name is Javier Díaz. I was born in La Paz, Mexico. I'm currently in the Engineering
program at SBCC and transferring next semester to the Aerospace Engineering or Mechanical
Engineering major. I really enjoy playing tennis, snorkeling, scuba diving, and hanging
out with friends.
"I'm part of the Student-Ready program as a Spanish translator of the website and our informational materials. As a non-native English speaker, I understand how important it is to make information available in the reader's native language."