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Hispanic College Institute
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Picken Hall 211
Phone: 785-628-5666
Email: hci@fhsu.edu

Featured Guests & Speakers

Dr. Sonia Esquivel

Dr. Sonia Esquivel photoBorn in Mexico, like many immigrants, looking for the “American” dream, a dream that now has become a “Latina’s” reality, she and her family migrated to Garden City, in the 1970's from Chihuahua. The youngest of 10 children, and a graduate of Garden City High School, she attended Garden City Community College and earned a Associates in Nursing, then transferred to Fort Hays State, where she received her Bachelor's and Master's, then had to explain to her father why she was pursuing her Doctorado at Kansas State University. In all this time, she was doing this as a single mom, thus her legacy of "from teen mom to a Latina with a Ph.D". She now has 2 kids; Manny age 24 and Karina age 12. She loves her job at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs as a counselor and an assistant professor. Her favorite quote she lives by is by Vivian Greene, "Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, but learning to dance in the rain".

Dr. Rigoberto Ramirez

Dr. Rigoberto (Rigo) Ramirez as one of our keynote speakers for the Hispanic College Institute. Dr. Ramirez graduated from Fort Hays State University with his undergraduate degree in 2003.  After graduating, he went on to work for The Gillette Company in Boston, Massachusetts for several years, before deciding to move back to Kansas to attend medical school. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 2011 and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas in 2014.  Dr. Ramirez returned to Kansas in 2014 to complete a Cardiology Fellowship and is currently completing the last two years of his training in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology at the Mid America Heart Institute-Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, MO

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