About the Program
In their words
This community is why I had the confidence to apply to faculty positions, why I felt confident in leading a classroom of 100 students from the start of my faculty position, and why I put my research ideas out there for consideration.
I rarely, if at all, saw anyone that looked like me—in my classrooms, at the doctor’s office or even on television. I had no idea how this lack of representation in these spaces would have such a profound impact on my identity or my perceived potential to succeed.
I’m now carrying forward the different experiences I gained in research, mentoring, teaching, and service to continue making the best impact I can at the University of Missouri.
The quality and impact of research on public health is improved with a diverse workforce and it pays forward. I realized that I could effectively serve as an ambassador for women in science and make an impact through mentoring undergraduate and graduate students as the principal investigator of my own laboratory.
FIRST seemed to be written for me: a minority postdoctoral fellow who saw no Hispanic and very few female professors around her.
Throughout my teaching career, I have opted to stretch and place myself in sometimes uncomfortable, unfamiliar, yet highly rewarding situations.