Student-Ready Team

Hello. Meet the team.


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.”


Joshua Villanueva, Grant Assistant

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

¡Hola! Hablo español.

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."


Shayna Mairo, Grant Assistant

I graduated SBCC spring 2020 with an AA in History and Chicana/Chicano Studies. I am currently attending UC Riverside majoring in History and Ethnic Studies.

Once I graduate, I will be continuing my education and obtaining a master’s degree in education. My career goal is to teach at the high school level. I am the first in my family to pursue higher education. I also went back to school at the age of 35. Going back after 15 years presented challenges, however from those challenges, I found solutions. I love offering my support to students in any way that I can. 


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