2016 CT Civic Action Summit Workshop: Campus Dialogues
Campus Dialogues, Val Ramos
Public Discourse and Dialogue for Engagement
This workshop will identify multiple methods of public discourse and dialogue and their application on higher education campuses and beyond. Through an interactive exchange from participants will explore the opportunities and challenges associated with public discourse and dialogues, and its potential for impacting student learning, involving faculty and staff, and engagement with the local communities.
Valeriano (Val) Ramos Jr. is Director of Strategic Alliances at Everyday Democracy, a national organization devoted to building the capacity of communities for dialogue and problem-solving. In this role, he contributes to leveraging organizational resources; working with state, regional and national networks on building a civic infrastructure for dialogue and deliberation; and developing state and regional intermediary (“anchor”) partnerships to build community capacity for dialogue and change. He is also Coordinator for the Connecticut Civic Health Project. Val is also Everyday Democracy’s Equity Officer and works with an “Equity Team” to build an organizational culture that promotes anti-racism practices and helps to bring an “equity lens” to the work of the organization.
Before joining Everyday Democracy, Val was Director of Constituent Affairs under former Connecticut Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz. While there he was the Coordinator of the Tu Voto Sí Cuenta statewide voter education and outreach campaign that registered over 20,000 new Latino voters in 2008. Prior to his role in state government, Val spent almost twelve years in higher education, as Director of Community Service and Civic Engagement at Trinity College and as Assistant Dean at Yale College. He also worked for over seven years as Executive Director of three Latino community-based organizations—LULAC Educational Service Center, Connecticut Association for United Spanish Action (C.A.U.S.A.), and Guakia Inc.Val has many years of experience working in Connecticut’s Latino community as nonprofit administrator, consultant, organizer, and activist.
Val has presented at numerous conferences, including the Connecticut Latino Voting Summit, National Conference on Citizenship annual conference, Frontiers of Democracy, National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation national conference, Collective Impact Forum, and Connecticut Council on Philanthropy annual meeting, to name a few. He is co-author of the 2011 Connecticut Civic Health Index Report (published by the NCoC). Val has extensive experience in public policy research and advocacy, campus community service and civic engagement, community outreach and organizing, and voter outreach. He has served on numerous Boards and state government task forces and panels, been featured in numerous radio and television interviews in Connecticut, and taught at the college level. Val holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Yale College (Yale University) and a master’s degree in politics from New York University. Val is bilingual (English and Spanish) and bi-cultural.