Growing up in Imperial Valley, Liz Ramírez’s parents instilled in her the value of learning. “In order to break barriers, I needed an education,” she recalls. Ramírez shares the story of her struggles and successes as a first-generation immigrant navigating her way through college at UC San Diego. Family, community service, and mentorship all played a role, and she stresses the importance of staying connected to people who can make your dreams possible. Currently CEO of the Chicano Federation, Ramírez continues to give back to and be an advocate for others in her community and beyond.