Teresita (Tere) Ramos recently joined the Division of Campus Life on August 24 to serve as interim Director of Student Accessibility Services over the next year. Tere comes to Brown with deep and wide experience at the intersection of disability rights, ADA, education, and the law, most recently from her own legal practice. Prior to launching her own independent law practice, focused on representing clients from underrepresented communities in education litigation as well as consulting and training on disability and language access, Tere had a highly impactful role as a Language Access Attorney at the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI). In that role, Tere was described not only as highly collaborative but also as visionary -- maintaining her focus on the questions: “What is possible?” and “What is best?”.
Prior to her work at the MLRI, Tere was awarded the nationally competitive Equal Justice Works Fellowship at the Disability Law Center in Boston where she designed her own legal service project and subsequently provided representation on disability and special education focused on low income, immigrant Hispanic children with disabilities. Prior to embarking upon a career in disability law, Tere held student-facing roles at several institutions of higher education. She was the Director of Internships and Service Learning at Wellesley College, providing strategic and operational direction for over 60 internship and service learning programs around the world. She was the Latin America Director of the Creative and Innovative Economy Center at George Washington University Law School, managing the international business and government research policy programs with a focus on Latin America. She has also served as Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business Global Integrative Experience, Country Director in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Tere earned her J.D. from Boston College Law School where she received the Dean’s Award for Diversity and the Excellence in Pro Bono Service Award. She earned a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and a B.A. cum laude in Romance Languages from Wellesley College. Tere was also awarded a Fellowship from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School for its Multidisciplinary Program on Disability Studies. While a native Spanish speaker, Tere is fluent and/or conversant in nine (9) additional languages including Italian, French, Chinese, and Russian!
At Brown, Tere shares that she is excited to meet and support the Brown community, making sure that students have a positive university experience by helping them obtain the accommodations they need to realize their full potential. She is looking forward to learning how Brown is currently delivering accessibility services and working with her new team to ensure excellent customer service. She will be working with all departments to find synergies and streamline the efforts of Student Accessibility Services while getting feedback from the Brown community regarding ways to improve services. Tere is energized by working on issues that positively impact systems. She most recently settled a case that she had been working on for over four years. She was successful in helping the Massachusetts Department of Education and the Holyoke Public Schools restructure how language access services are provided to all non-English speaking families. The impact of this advocacy is already transforming how language access in the education process is provided across the state.
We are thrilled to have Tere join the Brown community. When on campus, Tere’s office is on the first floor of 20 Benevolent Street. She wants her new colleagues to know that before the pandemic she loved to travel. And also crafted cosplay outfits for her teenage daughters to wear at comic cons. Now she enjoys taking long walks with her dogs. We can hope that a socially distanced walk on campus will be a way for Tere to get to know her colleagues, students, and Brown. Please join me in welcoming Tere Ramos to Brown. I know that she would love to hear from you: [email protected] !