Recently, Dr. Mirna Ramos-Diaz, PNWU Associate Professor of Pediatrics, was honored with the Margaret Rigg Outstanding Alumna Award. The award recognizes Eckerd College alumnae who, as professionals, have distinguished themselves through outstanding leadership in the workplace or community, and aims to recognize individuals who are working to make the world a better place through social justice work.
“The award was totally unexpected,” exclaimed Dr. Ramos-Diaz.
Dr. Ramos-Diaz arrived in the United States at 14-years-old as a Cuban immigrant and a second-language learner with no financial resources to attend college. Four years later, she was accepted to Eckerd College, which she describes as an institution that saw her as a whole person rather than just an SAT score. Reflecting on her time at Eckerd College, Dr. Ramos-Diaz praises the program's strong curriculum, which helped to match her with peer tutors, allowed her additional time to complete tests, provided a safe a welcoming climate and culture, and even assigned professors to individually work with her and other underrepresented minorities on their reading and writing assignments weekly.
To this very day at PNWU, I experience kindness and commitment from staff, students, faculty, and administration who are truly working to imbue the osteopathic tradition of balance between body, mind, and spirit to the learning environment and workplace.
“I have been given many opportunities to grow and learn,” she explained. “The generosity of others has been overwhelming. To this very day at PNWU, I experience kindness and commitment from staff, students, faculty, and administration who are truly working to imbue the osteopathic tradition of balance between body, mind, and spirit to the learning environment and workplace. We are a young university with much to grow still. I am blessed to be part of this journey!”
Going forward, Dr. Ramos-Diaz hopes that her journey in teaching and mentoring, her passion for theology, and her service to those most in need do justice to Dr. Rigg’s legacy, for which the award was named.