Johanna Ramirez joined the School in June as the new student office assistant and has been a key support member for faculty and staff. She helps maintain the office’s day-to-day operations, assists with graduate admissions work and maintains the alumni database for the School. “I’m very excited to be a part of this amazing team,” Johanna says. “I enjoy contributing to the progress and success of an already impressive School.”
Recently, Johanna worked for the KU Office of Admissions as a coordinator for the Student Ambassadors where she oversaw and coordinated campus visits and tours. She has also worked as a Campus Visit Assistant, where she got an inside look at the logistics and operations that contribute to a productive and resourceful visit at the University of Kansas. Now in her fourth year, she has spent the last three years dedicated to the thousands of visitors who come to visit the University each year and continues to work as a Student Ambassador, giving tours daily to families of prospective Jayhawks.
Johanna is a senior at KU, studying psychology with a minor in human sexuality and certifications in service learning and leadership studies. She plans to attend graduate school out of state to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. She hopes one day to find a career in LGBT psychology. At KU she’s had the unique opportunity to serve as a research assistant in several labs, researching topics such as childhood autism and therapeutic horseback riding and concepts of sexuality and masculinity norms. Academic research has quickly become one of her passions, and she’s grateful for the opportunities a prestigious research institution like KU has offered her.
Johanna was raised in a suburb of Wichita in Andover, KS, a town of about 12,000 and growing larger every day! Growing up in Andover with her identical twin, Carmen, Johanna was actively involved in her community, playing soccer and tennis (with her identical doubles partner) for her high school, serving as president of the National Honor Society and captain of her school’s drumline, and being a general nerd (her words, not ours) when it came to her studies. She graduated as a valedictorian (alongside her identical competitor) and immediately made plans to attend KU the fall after graduation.
Johanna is currently living in Lawrence with the same roommates she’s had since she started at KU in 2011. In her free time she enjoys spending countless hours watching Netflix shows, attempting to cook foods other than mac and cheese, playing tennis, attending the music theater, and browsing around thrift shops on Mass. Street.