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Prestigious fellowship awarded to Escondido woman

The Peggy Browning Fund has awarded a 10-week summer fellowship to Marquel S.M. Ramirez, a firstyear student at the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law, and a resident of Escondido.

She will spend the fellowship working at UNITE HERE Local 2 in San Francisco.

Ramirez is a Filipina-American who attended St. Mary Catholic School for 7th and 8th grade and graduated from Escondido High School. She is a 2007 graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (Modern Languages and Literatures, B.A.).

She also served as an AmeriCorps Member (2009) and a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal (2011- 2013). She attends the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC-DCSL) and will start her second year in Fall 2015.

At UDC-DCSL, she is the Conference Chairman for the Asian Pacific American Law Society and hopes to hold more events creating awareness of Asian American issues and the law.

As a volunteer with AmeriCorps and the U.S. Peace Corps Senegal, Ramirez’s U.S. service roles have inspired her to pursue her interests in immigration and labor from a legal perspective. Her work with immigrant workers and underprivileged girls motivates her to strive to be their advocate.

She currently interns with the D.C. Board of Ethics and Government Accountability’s Office of Open Government, where she assists with legal research. Marquel is also active on campus with her roles as treasurer of Phi Alpha Delta’s Cahn Chapter and as a member of the Environmental Law Society. She received her B.A. from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo and serves on its Modern Languages and Literatures Department Alumni Advisory Board.

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