Leslie Sierra-Arévalo is a second-year physical therapy student in the Division of Physical Therapy who motivates others through her outreach volunteer work. Sierra-Arévalo volunteers at the Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC), Urban Ministries of Durham, and St. Thomas More clinics. “I think it was something that I grew up with,” Sierra-Arévalo said, “Giving back to other … Continued
Kayla Thomas, a first-year master of science in speech and hearing sciences student, will represent the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Minority Student Leadership Program as part of ASHA’s annual convention in Orlando, Florida, in November 2019. Only 16 percent of applicants to the program were selected to attend; Thomas, … Continued
The American Society for Clinical Pathology has recognized Division of Clinical Laboratory Science alumna Letycia Nuñez-Argote ’07 as a Champion for Diversity in the laboratory workforce. The July 2019 edition of ASCP’s Critical Values publication highlighted Nuñez-Argote; the edition was dedicated to diversity in the laboratory and the importance of diversity of gender, race, and … Continued
Addy Petetan-Benitez, a first-generation student and senior in the Division of Radiologic Science, is passionate about helping others and is taking advantage of her education to do so. “I think radiologic science is very important to the health care system,” Petetan-Benitez said. “People think it’s just a matter of pushing a button and that’s it, … Continued
Fostering a diverse population of physical therapists starts here While enrollment of underrepresented students in physical therapy programs continues to rise in the United States, there is still a gap in the representation of socioeconomic and racial diversity among physical therapy practitioners that leads to challenges in building crucial relationships with patients. While students in … Continued
The Department of Allied Health Sciences student ambassadors hosted its Difference Matters luncheon, an annual event open to students from all disciplines. This year’s talk was titled “The Importance of Diversity and Inclusion in Health Care and Research.” Division of Physical Therapy students Erica Ghigliotty and Deanna Sipes led the presentation and spoke about the lack of diversity in health care research.
In January 2018, Difference Matters focused on academic-related challenges, financial, strains, and interpersonal conflicts. Shamni Uthayasoorian and Kiarra Hill, with the Division of Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling and the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences respectively, spoke about these issues and how they effect international students. Ultimately, students left with a better understanding … Continued