I was born and
raised in Chicago: the youngest of 5 children. I graduated from the
University of Michigan in the spring of 1995 with a Bachelor’s of Art
degree in Latino Studies and a minor in Sociology. During my time at
the U of M she was very involved with the Latino community as well as
the African American community.
Since October of 1996,
Maria has been working for a non-profit organization--Junior Achievement
of Chicago (JAC)--who educates and inspires young people to value the
free enterprise system, business and economics to improve the quality of
their lives through hands-on curriculum to kindergarten through twelfth
Maria is in the process of
completing her Master’s degree at DePaul University in Sociology with a
focus on intergroup relations, education and community development.
Why did you create DTL:
I founded Delta Tau Lambda Sorority
because I wanted to be part of an organization that could empower,
motivate, develop, educate, and love Latina women. I wanted to
create an organization where the women could support one another
through good and bad times.
Things I would want my Sorors to know about me:
am a focused hard worker on anything I am dedicated
to both professionally and personally. I am a Tia/Great
Tia/Godmother of 16 kids ranging from ages 3 through 12 years.
Depending on the situation, I can be sensitive. I am a very
conscious person and think through my actions and implications
before I do anything. I love to dance salsa…
would give to my Sorors:
be true to yourself and never stop dreaming! Stay in touch with the
world around you…read the paper daily and keep up with current
events it will help you in so many ways. Network, network,
network…you can never do enough networking in life with each other
but also with others. Always try to build collaborations to break
in your Life:
The influential women in my life are my mother: Raquel
Ramos, my sisters: Sandra M. Ruiz and Wanda I. Reyes, my grandmother:
Victoria Ramos, my aunts: Ines Abreu and Justina Abreu. All these women
continue to inspire me everyday with their strength, love, dedication,
tenacity, leadership, and passion.