The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is honoring Dajany Ramos-Cano, a sophomore nursing major from North Little Rock, as its 2023 Student of the Year.
Ramos-Cano, who serves as vice president of LULAC, received the award during the Oct. 13 gala celebrating the achievements of students in LULAC.
"Receiving the Student of the Year Award is so unexpected, but it makes me happy to be recognized for all my hard work," she said. "I enjoy helping my fellow students through LULAC."
Ramos-Cano joined LULAC last year. As vice president, she assists President Yvonne Rodriguez in leading LULAC, recruiting officers and members, and coordinating events to celebrate holidays like Hispanic Heritage Month and Dia de los Muertos. She loves being involved in LULAC since it makes her feel at home.
"I wasn't really involved in a lot of things when I was in high school," she said. "When I found out about LULAC, it felt like home. As a first-generation student, it was hard for me to adjust to college life for the first couple of months. LULAC is full of other first-generation students. I felt happy to be a part of this community of students."
Outside of LULAC, Ramos-Cano is a member of the Chancellor's Leadership Corps at UA Little Rock, a fourth-degree black belt who teaches karate to kids on the weekend, and an accordion player. She will graduate in 2026 and plans to specialize in pediatric nursing.
"When I was younger, I wanted to be so many different things at first," she said. "Then I got asthma and had severe seafood allergies. I would go to the hospital frequently, and I always saw what nurses would do. My mom was also a nurse, and now I can't wait to be a nurse."