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Editor’s Note: This is the story of a graduate of the 2015 Èxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training program. Apply now for 2016.
Long Beach, Calif.
A purse can make a fashion statement. But for this person, her “Yo Quiero Colombia” purse is a reminder of her roots and a reminder of her strong dedication to changing people’s lives for the better. She’s got a great start thanks to her work on an obesity prevention project and coordinating a promotora health education program.
Diana enjoys doing research, working with the community, and providing mentorship to other Latino students seeking higher education.
Diana is a first generation college graduate who received her bachelor’s degree in Health Science from California State and is now enrolled in an MPH program.
Diana decided to apply to Éxito! after hearing all about it from Éxito! alumni and her mentor. Believing that this was a great opportunity, she wanted to be part of Éxito! to gain guidance, mentorship, and support. A doctoral degree was something she needed to familiarize herself with.
“The summer institute gave me more confidence in my ability to apply and get accepted in a doctoral program” Diana said.
Éxito!, a program funded by the National Cancer Institute and directed by the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, annually selects 20 master’s-level students and health professionals from across the nation to attend a five-day summer institute in June 2016, in San Antonio, to encourage participants to pursue a doctoral degree and a career studying how cancer affects Latinos differently. Participants also can apply for an internship. Apply now.