Our SHE-CAN Scholar:

Nerlyn Velásquez Ramos

SHE-CAN Scholar: Nerlyn Velásquez Ramos

Seeking a Non-Profit and Social Justice or Public Health, Medical Research, and Biotechnology.

For a copy of Nerlyn’s resume, please email Erika Wah in Community Building (ewah@shecan.global).

Nerlyn Velásquez Ramos is a First Year student at Beloit College in Wisconsin. On campus, she works as an Office Assistant of Residential Life and as a Gallery Assistant at Gallery ABBA (Art of Business Business of Art).

Nerlyn is an indigenous woman from a village in Chichicastenango, Guatemala. She is the oldest daughter in her family and has two siblings. One of her biggest advantages was having parents with high school education, which helped her see the world full of opportunities, especially relating to academic and extracurricular activities. 

In addition to her schooling, Nerlyn started learning to play the guitar in a public art school at the age of nine.The art school encourages all students to learn any instrument. In 2019 she joined the ACCESS English program, opening the door to opportunities in volunteering, community service and teamwork. The projects she feels most proud of are her monthly visits to an orphan and delivering hygienic supplies to underserved schools. In 2021, she was selected to continue with the next step of the ACCESS  program, which was the SEAL program where she became a Beginners English Teacher. In addition to that she trained herself by giving classes to other students who are at a beginner level. That same year, she was a member of the National Olympic Science team in her school. In 2022 she led, organized and created the program Health School, Health Students, where she delivered first aid kits to three schools in her village and offered workshops to teachers and principals about the correct management of the supplies in the kits.

All these activities have made Nerlyn a young woman leader who will guide the development of health and science education for women and children in Guatemala.

Highlights From Nerlyn’s Work Experience:

Office Assistant, Residential Life, Beloit College

ABBA Gallery Assistant, Beloit College

Official Translator, Evangelical Mission Trips
Languages Spoken: English and Spanish


Academic Major

Biochemistry and Public Health
Class of 2027

Mentor Team

Michele Freed
Terri Garnick
Ema Bowman, Retired Senior Director / Program Manager , Visa
Keiko Meyer
Riva Nelson
Aya Spievack, Client Director, NTT