Ramiro Sarmiento (Lawrence, Kansas) is a first-generation college student at the University of Kansas (KU) double majoring in political science and international studies. Raised in a single parent household by an immigrant mother in the heartland of America, shaped Ramiro’s perspective and ignited a passion for equity, education, and public service. Inspired by his mother — whom did not complete elementary school — and her determination to provide a life of opportunity for her children, Ramiro set off to become the first in his family to graduate from college and forge a path in public service. Ramiro is a strong believer of our ability to improve the human condition through inclusive and intentional public policy. During his college career, Ramiro served as president of the Hispanic American Leadership Organization, advocating for the community and celebrating Latino heritage. He went on to establish Kansas’ first chapter of Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the oldest Latino fraternal organization in the United States. As a junior, Ramiro presented testimony at the Kansas House Education Committee, advocating for higher education access to undocumented Kansans. Most recently, Ramiro has worked in Congress through the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. Participated in Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Program Unlocking Latino Millennial Civic Potential.
Ramiro Sarmiento (Lawrence, Kansas) is a first-generation college student at the University of Kansas (KU) double majoring in political science and international studies.