Ramón Peñaranda was born in Cúcuta, Colombia, and currently lives in Seattle, WA. He is pursuing a Doctor of Dental Surgery at either the University of Washington or Columbia University. He studied chemistry and graduated magna cum laude from Seattle University. Ramón hopes to advance dental care in underserved communities and plans to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate care to minority members of the LGBTQ community and ensure everyone has access to dental care. Ramón received the Brian M. Day and Washington Regional Scholarships.