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Thanks for stopping by the Department Anthropology advising office.  We have information about the major or minor and can help take care of your paperwork, and more: Do field work overseas; get credit for local internships; give a workshop or become a peer advisor yourself - come talk to us about it!

    Mariela Ramirez, Anthropology Undergraduate Advisor

  • Mariela Ramirez

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    My name is Mariela Ramirez and I am excited to have joined the Department of Anthropology at UCSC. 
    A little bit about me ... I am a first-generation college graduate. I attended UC Davis where I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Psychology and Spanish. As an undergraduate I worked as a First-Year Experience Peer Advisor and Orientation Leader. I decided graduate school aligned well with the career I wanted to pursue so I attended Fresno State and earned my master's degree in Counseling with a focus in Student Affairs and College Counseling. As a graduate student, I was a Counselor Intern and had the opportunity to work with diverse student populations. I recently worked at Colorado State University as an Academic Success Coordinator and am happy to be back in California. 
    I enjoy working with students and found a passion for advising through the positions I had in the last few years. I am passionate about supporting students and assisting them to reach their academic, personal, and professional goals. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. You can contact me at I look forward to meeting and working with you!

  • Sam, Lead Peer Advisor

  • Sam, Lead Peer Advisor

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    I was originally drawn to anthropology because I loved big-picture questions about the human condition - it was an extension of my love of history and geography growing up, before I knew what anthropology was. I've always loved traveling and exploring new cultures and geographies. When I first learned about anthropology, I appreciated it immediately it as a method that bridges the gap between 'on the ground' subjective human experience and broader scope social inquiry. I appreciate the reflexivity that modern ethnography demands of the anthropologist, acknowledging that social science is fundamentally subjective - and leaning into that, instead of feigning objectivity.

    In my first years in college, I was interested in geographic focuses such as ethnography in China and Latin America. And those are still areas of interest. But since returning to school more recently, my focus has turned toward Applied Anthropology. I believe in anthropology as a method and a worldview and believe in bringing that beyond academia to make the world a better place. I love the idea of helping other students find their place within that. I'm interested in exploring many of the "sub-subfields" within the applied anthropology division, but I've been looking into applied anthropology in higher education, using the tools of anthropology to make higher education more accessible and equitable. Also, much of my research for classes at UCSC and at Cabrillo has focused on economic marginalization and gentrification in Santa Cruz county, and that's area I plan to continue to explore.

The Undergraduate Program Coordinator/Adviser, the Undergraduate Director, and the Executive Committee administer the Anthropology undergraduate program.  If students have questions or concerns about university/program administration, policy, processes, or degree progress, make an appointment during advising hours.  Also feel free to email Anthropology Undergraduate Advising (