Ruth Galaviz, Segal Fellow

Ruth Galaviz

2016 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Ruth Galaviz is from Los Angeles, California, majoring in Art History and minoring in Architectural Studies at Brandeis University. She is a first-generation Mexican-American and the first in her family to attend a 4-year University. She graduated from the Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program (MKTYP) in 2013. During her sophomore year, Ruth served as the coordinator of the Queer People of Color Coalition. Over the past year, she has grown to become the Coordinator of Triskelion, the LGBTQ organization that oversees the 5 branches of clubs on campus. Ruth’s passions focus on promoting social justice for queer and trans people of color and low-income people living in urban areas with minimal access to healthy food and stable housing. Particularly, she enjoys learning about how various issues, such as transportation, development, housing, economic growth, education and healthy food outlets, within under-resourced areas intersect and the ways we can systemically empower the communities in our cities and urban areas. This summer, Ruth hopes to explore these issues further and make an impact in a city.