Cristina Dominguez Ramirez, Library Manager, received the 2020 Excellence in Virginia Government Unsung Hero Award. The award recognizes an individual Virginian who has provided distinguished and exceptional service as a career government employee in the commonwealth, with local or state government. For more than a decade Cristina Ramirez has worked to bring awareness, visibility and promote services to the Latino/Hispanic/Spanish speaking communities in central Virginia. Ramirez has presented at conferences, published academic books and served as a consultant on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion issues. As a librarian in Henrico County, she works to bring inclusion of Latino youth into library services and programs and to promote literacy and writing amongst Latino youth.
It’s been a busy year for Cristina, as she just published a chapter in a new book,
Diversity and inclusion in libraries : a call to action and strategies for success, and has been appointed by Governor Northam to be a member of the Board of Trustees for the Science Museum of Virginia.