A Hope in the Unseen


Ron Suskind

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Bill Ramsay Character Analysis

The head of the summer program for talented high school students of color at MIT, which Cedric attends. Bill began the program with the goal of bringing some students out of poverty and giving them a path towards studying at MIT, but acknowledges that the gap between those students and middle-class white students is too large, and that he has had to redirect the program towards middle-class students of color, who have a better chance of success at MIT as college students. Cedric is inspired by Bill’s presence and encouragement at the beginning of the program, but when the two meet in Ramsay’s office later on, Cedric notes how out of place he feels, and expresses surprise that there are not more students like him in the program.
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Bill Ramsay Character Timeline in A Hope in the Unseen

The timeline below shows where the character Bill Ramsay appears in A Hope in the Unseen. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4: Skin Deep
Race, Racism, and Identity Theme Icon
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Bill Ramsey , who runs the MITES program, is preparing to meet with Cedric—there has been a... (full context)