2020 PDSA Recipient, Ronnie "J" Ravancho

Ronnie "J" Ravancho

Ronnie "J" Ravancho

Cincinnati, Ohio | Small Business Management Major

"J is one of those students who can recognize needs and acts to fulfill that need," wrote one nominator. He is a well-known student across both of our Regional campuses. J has been deeply involved in several roles within the Regional Office of Student Activities and Orientation (ROSA) and a theme of accessibility and inclusion runs through his accomplishments. In his role as a student ambassador this year, J coordinated one of the Regionals' largest events, Spring Fling, with a level of event planning often seen in entry-level professionals. In addition to coordinating the logistics of communicating with organizations and departments and managing RSVPs, J took ownership of ensuring an accessible layout for the event. In his responsibilities coordinating social media for ROSA, J makes sure all videos, images, and posts are accessible with alt-text and captioning.

One need J recognized and acted on was mental health. He worked with the Regional Student Counseling Services to create All About You, a student organization dedicated to raising awareness of mental health concerns and available resources. Similarly, after attending the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities Conference, J recognized an opportunity to educate student leaders at Miami. He created a student organization officer training on implicit bias for this spring. J has also served as an orientation leader and a peer tutor, further creating an environment where all students feel welcome and have resources to succeed.