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Lilia, Administrative Assistant, U.S. Veteran

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I still remember that feeling when I left to join the military right after high schoo: excited, scared and anticipating all the new changes in my life in being part of the greatest country…by serving her military. What a great experience. I was honorably discharged as a Petty Officer 2nd class Yeoman and also classified as a disabled veteran. After my military service, I worked for several private practicing physicians and also became a California State certified Allied Health Instructor for front/back office, medical coding/billing and office computers for vocational education. I really enjoyed being with students who wanted to learn.

 Moving forward, it has now been five years since I first stepped on this campus as an employee. I recall being excited and anticipating all the new opportunities this university offers. My first supervisor and department was an excellent experience. I learned all the important aspects of UCR financials and assisted in programming. My second department gave me a deeper appreciation of the students who needed advising and guidance when they become academically challenged. I always made sure the students felt welcomed and ensured they had the best customer service during their visit to our office.

I now work in the best department on campus, School of Medicine, Student Affairs. I really believe that all the years of my training and work experience has led me to this department. The incredible staff and faculty make this department very special. They really care about our medical students in such a way that I have never experienced. Every detail and behind the scenes labor, from the Dean to faculty to Student Affairs Officers to Administrative Staff is always done to precision and with lots of care, that the outcome is always a satisfied student. Not to mention my supervisors who are extremely supportive about our professional development and are committed to the staff’s wellbeing.  Every day here is a great day for me.  

I appreciate being part of the UCR family – just as I am proud to be a veteran, so much so that I am a volunteer for the Staff Assembly Fundraising Committee and the Staff Recognition Committee. I feel it is important to value our hard working staff members at UCR. The U.S. government has given me many special privileges for serving and I would like to continue that tradition in the UCR way by volunteering my time to Staff Assembly. It has been a real privilege meeting UCR community members.

It’s funny – I have lived in Moreno Valley for over 24 years. The first 19 years, I never paid attention to the university off the 60 freeway. I passed it each day going to work. Unfortunately, Moreno Valley is not a “university” town. I hope to see that change in the future and I also see my granddaughter’s future here at UCR.  Dr. Ramos – sounds good!! 

Lilia Ramos
Administrative Assistant



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