Journalism Lecture, Diversity Advocate Raul Ramirez Dies

November 20, 2013

DIVERSE ISSUES IN HIGHER EDUCATION -- An SF State lecturer since 1983, Ramirez taught courses ranging from basic news writing to investigative reporting and in the process became one of the most popular and admired instructors in the journalism department. The SF State student body is more than 60 percent racial minorities. SF State Journalism Professor Jon Funabiki said Ramirez “insisted that journalism students think about the people and communities who were most often left out of news stories.” Former department chairwoman Betty Medsger called Ramirez “a natural teacher” who passed on to students his zeal for journalism and his commitment to diversity. “He was eager to share his experiences and skills,” Medsger said. “His classes were more than a lecture — they were an exchange.” “An atmosphere of respect permeated his teaching — respect for what journalism could be when practiced at its best, respect for the students’ insights and for their potential,” Medsger added.