A double major in economics and sociology, Axel was born in Honduras and immigrated to the United States at the age of seven with his family. During his DukeEngage experience, he worked with the Coalición de Derechos Humanos, a grassroots organization that promotes the human and civil rights of all migrants regardless of their immigration status. Axel was also a service-learning assistant for Bridging Cultures: Latino Lives and Experiences in North Carolina.
He was nominated for the Alden Award by Kimmie Garner, assistant director of Duke Service-Learning.
“Axel cares deeply about community-engaged work and his service-learning peers. His contributions to the vitality and direction of our Service-Learning Assistant (SLA) program for four consecutive academic semesters demonstrate the power of student leadership. His continual efforts to strengthen faculty and student relationships, both within and beyond the classroom, exemplify Betsy Alden’s vision of building more humane relationships through tangible action.” — Kimmie Garner
Named for Betsy Alden ’64, Duke’s first service-learning coordinator, the annual award recognizes one community partner, one faculty member, and one graduating senior. Each recipient receives $250 to further develop his/her community-building and leadership skills.
“I am thankful that this award exists not only because it recognizes individuals, but also because it allows others to appreciate that service work is not marginal.” — Axel Herrera Ramos
As a sophomore, Axel founded the Duke chapter of Define American, the first undocumented student advocacy group at Duke. He was also named to the Latinx 20 Under 20 by the North Carolina Scholars’ Latino Initiative, a competition that acknowledges 20 students in North Carolina who have dedicated efforts to advocacy and leadership within Latinx communities.