Humboldt State University
Recipient, William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement
A native of Los Angeles, Rani Ram grew up in a family that struggled with unemployment. After high school, she attended college part-time while working two jobs. She has overcome personal and financial struggles to achieve a 3.61 GPA as a conservation biology and applied vertebrate ecology and anthropology major at Humboldt State University. Rani is involved in numerous campus and community activities, including work through the Global Connections club, and volunteering with the Sequoia Park Zoo in Eureka, conducting environmental education and captive animal care. She also shares her own cultural heritage with others in order to promote academic success for underrepresented and disadvantaged students. Rani has spent time in South Africa earning her certification from the Field Guild Association and working on issues of poaching and population management. She plans on a career working in international conservation and serving as a liaison between wildlife and indigenous and urban human populations.