Thelma Ramirez is a Research Assistant at the EASEL Lab, where she primarily supports the SEL Analysis Project. Prior to working at the EASEL Lab, Thelma served as the Program Director for the Oklahoma Serves AmeriCorps program, where she partnered with 21 non-profit agencies throughout the state of Oklahoma to increase academic engagement through in- and out-of-school programming which included arts education, equestrian therapy, academic tutoring, and mentoring. Thelma has experience in early education, having served as a Program Supervisor and Parent Educator in home visiting programs that support families with prenatal to five-year-old children from 2013-2017. Thelma’s research interests include culturally relevant education and the engagement of families in social emotional learning. Thelma has an A.B. in sociology from Princeton University and an Ed.M in Prevention Science and Practice Program from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.