Recently, my fellow nursing students and I had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Norma Martínez Rogers, Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, TX, and Diversity Consultant for the William F. Connell School of Nursing (CSON).  She first made sure we distinguished different types of diversity among us, and asked us what we thought about it.  We all thought Boston College was a pretty diverse university, having the opportunity to meet people from all over the world.

She opened our eyes to the fact that even in our studies, we should integrate diversity in deciding who we want to invite to learn with us. This entails studying with people who have different learning styles and different ideas on how to study, which will help the group grow as a whole. She introduced the idea of study groups to us as a good resource to help overcome difficulties with science related topics. Dr. Martínez Rogers also talked about the concept of faculty diversity, which was something we never thought of before. She spoke about how having diversity within the faculty will make certain students more comfortable with contacting their professors and seeking help. Speaking to professors can be intimidating; having a faculty body which students can identify with can ease some of the tension associated with approaching professors. This meeting with Dr. Norma Martínez Rogers was very helpful to me as a minority freshman at Boston College. It was exactly what I needed to hear to help me get through the next four years.

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