Staff spotlight: Eunice encourages inclusion in rural America

Small Towns

Though she was born and raised in a metropolitan area, Eunice Ramirez feels more at home in rural America.

“I was raised in a big city where farming and small town areas were things I only read about in books,” Eunice said. “My first visit to Nebraska was back in 2000. I fell in love with the small town feel, where everyone waved hello.”

The El Paso, Texas, native recently joined the Center for Rural Affairs team as an inclusion assistant, a position she’s passionate about.

“Giving back and volunteering is a significant part of my own personal values, and I am thrilled to work for an organization that values Nebraska communities as much as I do.” Eunice said.

The inclusion assistant’s work focuses on Latino outreach for beginning farmers, beekeeping, cooperative development, rural food business development, and financial literacy.

Her previous roles as a family service worker and teacher have given Eunice some valuable skills to utilize in her position with the Center.

“I had the opportunity to collaborate with different organizations to help families in our program,” she said. “I love that my role with the Center allows me to continue to help not only my community but surrounding areas too.”

Eunice is eager to learn more about the Center as she takes on new projects and gets to know the staff. She’s also glad to be working with an organization that strives to emphasize the importance of small communities.

“I have raised my three children here in rural America,” she said. “They are healthy, spiritually and physically, and have a great work ethic. Rural areas have so much to offer, and even if I don’t have a rural background, I want to be part of helping them grow and encouraging our young adults to return after college to help their rural areas.”

When she’s not working, Eunice loves spending time with family. She is married and has a daughter attending college and twin boys in high school, as well as two Shih Tzus. Her happy place is crafting and DIY projects.

Eunice is based in the Center’s office in Lyons, Nebraska. She can be reached at eunicer@cfra.org, 402.687.2100 ext. 1026, or 402.380.0973.