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Student Life

Meet Our Staff

Claudia Ramirez Islas
Claudia Ramirez Islas
she/her/hers
Director 
847-735-5204
cramirez@mx.lakeforest.edu 

 
Claudia Ramirez Islas serves as the Director of the Intercultural Relations Office. As the Director, Claudia Ramirez Islas helps facilitate intergroup dialogue on themes related to identity development, social justice education, diversity, systems of oppression and best inclusive practices as we strive for a more inclusive and more accepting campus climate.   

Claudia Ramirez Islas graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art with a Mathematics minor and graduated from San Diego State University with a Master of Arts in Postsecondary Educational leadership with a Specialization in Student Affairs. Dirven by passion for social justice education Claudia Ramirez Islas prides herself in constantly creating safe and inclusive spaces for individuals to freely express themselves and share their story of strength and resilience. As a proud Latina, Claudia Ramirez Islas uses her identity and culture as a way of self-expression that is embodied not on in her work with students but also in her work as a social justice educator, artist, activist and community member.  

Claudia Ramirez Islas has facilitated and led various workshops at the reginal and national level, across different institutions and organizations like the National Association for Student Affairs Professionals (NASPA) and the National Conference of Race and Ethnicity (NCORE). Claudia Ramirez Islas has consistently utilized creative mediums like the arts to engage others more deeply and fully on relevant and pressing issues impacting underrepresented communities and students during the current political and social climate.

Claudia Ramirez Islas has utilized her identity, experience, knowledge, and story to influence and contribute to the diversity and inclusion of all community members at every institution that she has been a part of. She has been intentional in giving back to programs and services that have historically supported underrepresented and marginalized populations like the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP) and has formally mentored different students as they navigate predominantly white spaces within higher education.

 

Department AssistantAshton Williams
he/they
Department Assistant
847-735-5105
awilliams@mx.lakeforest.edu

 

 

 

 


Student Workers 

 

Jerries ArazJerries Azar '22

Current Year: Freshmen

Major:  Environmental Studies and International Relations.

Minor: Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Born:  Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Pronouns: he/him/his

Extracurricular Activities/Hobbies: Volleyball and Rugby, watching movie/tv shows and being an environmental advocate.

Fun Fact: I lived for the past 2 years in Hong Kong and can speak English, Spanish and a bit of Mandarin.

 

 

 

Ayesha QuraishiAyesha Quraishi '19

Current Year: Senior

Major:  International Relations and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Born:  Chicago, IL

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Achievements: Lincoln Laureate, Senior 25, and Dean’s List

Extracurricular Activities/Hobbies: First Connection, Future Health Professionals, and Student Government.

Fun Fact: I grew up in an immigrant neighborhood and I love being Afghan-American.

 

 

 

Naomi Morales Naomi Morales '20

Current Year: Junior

Major:  Economics and International Relations.

Born:  San Salvador, El Salvador

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Extracurricular Activities/Hobbies:  International Student Organization, Student Government, First Connection. Love exploring small towns and meaningful conversations.

Fun Fact: Studied high school in a small Dutch town called Maastricht, living one embarrassment moment at the time.  

 

 

Kgotla ‘Kotch’ Mmopi

kotch

Current Year: Junior

Major: Business

Minor: French and Computer Science

Born: Gaborone/Serowe (Botswana)

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Extracurricular Activities/Hobbies:  OIR Marketing SIRS, VisComm Student Supervisor, UMOJA President, Forester First Mentor, First Connection Mentor

Fun Fact: I enjoy people, I love working with them, and I conveniently also like to create content centered around them… I also hate normality, or rather I appreciate difference and uniqueness, so yeah just be you.

 

Ted CraneTed Crane '20

Current Year: Junior

Major: Business

Minor: Spanish

Born: Phoenix, AZ

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Extracurricular Activities/Hobbies: Football, President of Rugby Club and the Peer to Peer Program.

Fun Fact: My favorite song to play on guitar in “My Black Submarine” by The Black Keys.

 

 

Paige ThielPaige Thiel

Current Year:  Sophmore

Major: International Relations and Religion
Minor: History

Born: Mt. Prospect, Illinois

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Extracurricular Activities/ Hobbies: Soccer, Hillel. Avid movie watcher. I love planning trips for myself that I probably won’t take for another ten years.

Fun Fact: My favorite color is yellow because it is happy like the sun.