TaLisa Ramos is a skilled DEI practitioner, dynamic public speaker, data driven-strategist, and culturally responsive mental health clinician. A licensed social worker in the state of Pennsylvania with bachelor's and master's degrees in social work, Ramos has spent the past 15 years dedicated to cultivating an environment of equity, inclusion, and belonging in education, health care, and state government. She has created comprehensive and holistic diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic plans and curricula for several agencies and institutions, and also implemented various intercultural mentorship and affinity resource programs, addressing the salient needs of diverse communities, and increasing Black, Indigenous, Latine, and Asian recruitment and retention rates.
With a background in human behavior, Ramos has supported several institutions and organizations in improving organizational culture, implementing change management, cultivating a trauma-informed workplace, and facilitating brave spaces for equity. In 2021, she was appointed by former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's administration as the inaugural director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Education for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, tasked with providing DEI education and trainings, strategic planning, and establishing trauma-informed approaches to state government. She later transitioned to the special assistant to the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education for matters of equity, inclusion, and belonging.
Ramos joined Penn State Berks as the associate director of student affairs in August 2023. In this role, Ramos leads the Office of Residence Life, Multicultural Programming, and Student Affairs DEIB initiatives, and also serves as a case manager in Student Conduct and Title IX.
Ramos' research interests include:
- Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging
- BIPOC students' retention and success in higher education
- First-generation college students
- Latine identity development
- Mental health in communities of color
- Trauma-informed workplaces
- M.S.W. Social Work, Millersville University
- B.S.W. Social Work, Elizabethtown College