Position: Adjunct Assistant Professor
Location: Health Profession Building
B.S.W, Brigham Young University-Idaho; OTD, Shenandoah University, Certificate of Early Intervention, Georgetown University
Fields of Expertise:
Early Intervention, Outpatient Pediatric, Acute Care/Trauma
I aim to provide an equitable classroom experience for all my students. For that reason, I focus on the intentional integration of culture and cultural humility in the course curriculum. I like to include this as naturally as possible, so the students can have these experiences in a safe environment preparing them for the many multicultural and diverse experiences they will encounter as health professionals.
“All human beings have a point of view and describe the world from that view. When we bring in the value of humility into focus, we recognize that our view of the world is incomplete. We only see the world through our own lenses, which are limited. We need others to give us a fuller picture of the world” – Ellen B. Kagen, Georgetown University, 2018
I was born in Alajuela, Costa Rica and lived there until I was 11 years old. Moving from Latin America to North America was difficult enough, but then adjusting to school in this new country was startling. During those days, one of the most important things I learned was how an educator can make a huge difference in a student’s life; for example, some professors ridiculed my lack of proficient English and my difficulty adapting to the pace of the class; however, others were kind teachers who took the time to let me learn and encouraged me. I bring this up because being a patient in a hospital, a nursing facility, or any setting can feel much like moving to a different country. What you knew is no longer there, you have to adapt to a new environment, there are new rules, you may lose your ability to do things you once loved to do. As healthcare providers, we have the ability to become our clients’ safe space. An understanding nod or smile. Encouragement. Familiarity. Hope. For this reason, I hope students can come to choose humility when treating their populations.