• Leezel F. Ramos

    Student Affairs | Filipino American | San Diego to Seattle

    Leezel Ramos hopes to increase the visibility of possibility models and pave paths for high impact by guiding students in crafting a future most meaningful to them. She believes in engagement beyond graduation and higher education beyond the institution. As a product of community-based mentorship, Ramos is driven by deeply rooted gratitude and responsibility to a greater purpose. She recently earned her M.Ed. in Student Development Administration from Seattle University and was awarded the highest graduate student honor as the 2016 Archbishop Raymond G. Hunthausen Award recipient recognizing her as “living as a person with and for others, scholar and leader for a just and humane world.”

  • About Me


    Selected experiences:

    • Associate Director of Career Education,
      Career Engagement Office - Seattle University
      November 2019 - Present

    • Assistant Director,
      Career Engagement Office - Seattle University
      January 2017 - October 2018

    • Academic and Career Adviser,
      Department of Communication -
      University of Washington, Seattle
      September 2015 - December 2016

    • Coordinator for Student Leadership,
      Center for Service and Community Engagement - Seattle University
      August 2014 - June 2016

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    M.Ed. Student Development Administration

    Selected coursework:

    • Student Development Theory, Research, and Practice
    • Higher Education Law
    • The American Community College
    • Adult Learning
    • Leadership in Education
    • Career Counseling

    Continuing Education

    • Cause and Partnership Marketing
    • Overview in Fundraising and Development

    B.A. Communication

    Selected coursework:

    • Organizational Communication Dynamics
    • Process of Social Influence
    • Intercultural Communication
    • Toxic & Intoxicating Leadership
    • Public Speaking
  • My Involvement

    Professional and in Service


    Selected roles:


    Head of Leadership Development (2017-Present)

    National Federation of Filipino American Associations - Washington, DC


    Selected Cohort Member (2017-2018)

    NACE Leadership Advancement Program

    National Association of Colleges and Employers


    Interim President (2017)

    Vice President (2015-2017)

    Pilipino American Unity for Progress - Seattle, WA


    Delegate (2017)

    Social Justice Training Institute - San Diego, CA



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    Community and Conferences

    Selected presentations:




    Makasali: Culture x Career x Community (Keynote)

    Midwest Filipino American Summit

    University of Illinois, Chicago - Chicago, IL




    Empowering Pilipino Youth through Collaboration (EPYC) Advisory Council Summit (Co-Facilitator)

    National Federation of Filipino American Associations - Las Vegas, NV


    Preserving Your Agency: Conflict Resolution (Lead)

    Empowering Pilipino Youth through Collaboration (EPYC) Ambassadors Retreat

    National Federation of Filipino American Associations - San Francisco, CA


    Hiraya: Culture X Career X Community (Keynote)

    Southern California Pilipinx American Student Alliance Summit

    University of California, Santa Barbara - Santa Barbara, CA




    Lifting Up Our Sisters: Mentorship for Asian American Women (Panelist)

    Western Regional Conference - Honolulu, HI

    NASPA Student Affairs Administors in Higher Education


    Federation Forum (Co-Facilitator)

    National Federation of Filipino American Associations - Washington, DC




    Graduating NWFASA: Utilizing the Degree You Didn't Know You Had (Co-Facilitator)

    Northwest Filipino American Student Alliance Conference

    Washington State University - Pullman, WA




    Your Move (Keynote)

    Filipino Intercollegiate Networking Dialogue Fall Conference

    Stevens Institute of Technology - Hoboken, NJ


    Our Path to Follow: Scholarship as Social Justice for 2nd Generation Pin@ys from San Diego, California (Panelist)

    Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education Conference - San Francisco, CA


    Reputation Management and Professionalism (Lead)

    Kaibigang Pilipin@ Leadership Retreat - Anaheim, CA




    Redefining Success in the Working World (Panel Moderator)

    Southern California Pilipino American Student Alliance Summit

    California State University, Long Beach - Long Beach, CA


    Social Justice Leadership through Active Citizenship (Lead)

    Alpha Phi Omega Leadership Workshop

    California State University, Fullerton - Fullerton, CA




    Mediums for education and storytelling (Panelist)

    Pilipino American Unity for Progress Summit

    New York University - New York, NY


    Tomorrow starts today: Refocusing the organizational leadership lens (Co-Facilitator)

    Northwest Filipino American Student Alliance Conference

    University of Washington - Seattle, WA



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  • Digital & New Media

    Press Coverage

    Finalist, Gaward Genny Lopez Jr. Global Bayaning Pilipino Awards (2019)

    Empowering Pilipino Youth through Collaboration (EPYC) aims to increase the visibility of “possibility models” who demonstrate for participants what it means to be culturally empowered, civic-minded, connected to community, and actively pursue leadership in the workplace and beyond.


    Source: LinkedIn | MyTFC EYLA

    Leezel Ramos selected for leadership program (2017)

    "Leezel Ramos, assistant director of Career Services, was recently selected to participate in the NACE Leadership Advancement Program, a recognition of her talent and promise in the field."


    Source: The Commons: News for Faculty & Staff

    Retired Fil-Am Army General Urges Youth to Focus on Care for Aging Parents (2014)

    International Broadcast News Interview (2:33)

    Source: ABS-CBN North America Bureau

    Jose Vargas Shares Immigration Story as NaFFAA Keynote Speaker (2014)

    International Broadcast News Interview (0:35)

    Source: ABS-CBN North America Bureau

    Profiles: Up Close with Summit Speakers (2012)

    "Q: You’re on the front page of the Philippine Daily Inquirer on the best-selling issue to date. What does the headline read?


    RAMOS: 'And they said it couldn’t be done.'

    Q: You’re a time traveler heading toward the past. What advice would you give your younger self?

    RAMOS: 'The world is bigger than you think. Love is out there.'

    Q: You’re a visionary artist. What would a painting of the Pilipino community look like five years from today?

    RAMOS: 'Colors woven together that span across the canvas with specks of stars, landmarks of world cities that we live and thrive in, and faint imprints of faces of Pilipino youth leaders and symbols that inspire self-discovery and creativity.' "



    Source: UniPro Now Magazine, Vol. 2, p. 5

    Staff Kudos (2011)

    "Special thanks to Christy Quiogue (Career Services Center) for organizing the College to Career Conference hosted by the Filipino Collegiate Collaborative (FCC) - a collective of Filipino-American alumni and students from UCSD, SDSU, USD and CSUSM. Additional Student Affairs professionals involved with this initiative include Ian Transfiguracion and Roxanne Farkas (Career Services Center), Cyril Nierva (ERC), Grace Bagunu (Center for Communication & Leadership), Frida Pineda (SPACES), Melissa Medina (Revelle) and Leezel Ramos (Cal-SOAP). Over fifty students were in attendance along with the participation of twenty-one UC San Diego Alumni."


    Source: UC San Diego Student Affairs Impact Newsletter

    NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program Summer Leadership Institute (2010)

    "At the 2010 NUFP SLI hosted by the University of Illinois, NUFP Fellows reflected on their experiences with NUFP. Watch this video to hear from Leezel Ramos, senior at California State University, Fullerton and Kaymesia Coss, first-year graduate student at St. Louis University."


    Source: NASPA YouTube

    NUFP SLI Graduation Speaker: Leezel Ramos (2010)

    "Hear from Leezel Ramos, a senior at the California State University, Fullerton, the 2010 NUFP SLI Graduation Speaker. More information about the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program can be found at www.naspa.org/programs/nufp."


    Source: NASPA YouTube

    Student administrator receives scholarship, attends conference (2010)

    "California State Fullerton senior Leezel Ramos is one of eight students in America to win the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Undergraduate Fellows Program conference scholarship. The scholarship included a trip to the association’s annual national conference in Chicago from March 6-10."


    Source: Daily Titan

    Leadership Institute Leader: Student Leezel Ramos Serves as Director of Coordinating Committee (2009)

    "Two years ago, senior Leezel Ramos became involved in Cal State Fullerton’s Student Leadership Institute to develop leadership skills. Today, she is ready to lead.

    Ramos is stepping into the role of director of the institute’s student-led coordinating committee for the 2009-10 academic year."


    Source: Inside California State University, Fullerton

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