Whisper Torres, Edith Elenes & Karla Martinez | June 20, 2019
To lift up the voices of the labor studies class of 2019, we interviewed recent graduates. Sarai Ramos is passionate about immigrant rights and food sovereignty. She majored in chicanx studies with minors in labor studies, education, and food studies. She was one of three students who spoke at the labor studies graduation ceremony this past Saturday. In this interview, she shares her labor studies memories and her plans for the future.
What made you want to join the labor studies program? What about the minor had the most impact on you?
I found out about the labor studies program during my second year at UCLA. I liked that the program is very interdisciplinary because you get to take economics classes, gender studies classes, and ethnic studies classes. Personally, as a DACAmented student who has worked multiple jobs, learning about labor rights is so important. What kept me interested and involved in this program is the dedicated staff and faculty, they have helped me grow holistically and develop necessary real-world skills.
Any advice for incoming freshman?
My advice for freshmen is to increase their consciousness and learn about the social conditions that affect them or their communities. I would say, find what issues you are truly passionate about and use them to ground you in the work that you do — it’ll definitely make your time at UCLA easier. I would also like to say, that for transfer students, this minor is a great way to get involved and learn a lot because you get to do hands-on work.
If you could visit any city right now, which would it be and why?
I would visit my hometown of Michapa, Oaxaca. That’s where my extended family, that I have not seen for 17 years, resides. Borders have separated so many families for years and I hope one day the borders that separate us will disappear.