Èxito! Grad Testimonial: Donaji Stelzig
Editor’s Note: This is the testimonial of a graduate of the 2011 Summer Institute of Èxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training. Read more testimonials here or apply by March 1 for the 2012 Èxito! program.
Contributing in several research studies at the University of Texas School of Public Health’s Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research in Houston, Mexico native Donaji Stelzig developed a desire to work with minority populations, promote opportunities, and foster team work with diverse background community members.
Since then, she’s become a full-time senior health education specialist at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Division of Public Affairs, carrying out community outreach.
Stelzig is part of many organizations and is dedicated to improving Latino health and cancer control.
But her dedication to public health and underserved populations does not stop there, as she continues to obtain certifications and continuing education to aid in the care of all individuals.
Stelzig felt Éxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training—which aims to increase diversity in Latino health disparities and cancer research by encouraging Latino master’s-level students and master’s trained health professionals to pursue a doctoral degree and a career in research—would be the perfect next step of her career path.
“Attending Éxito! was an incredible, very beneficial workshop,” she said. “Despite the intense amount of information and continuous hours in a very short time, I felt empowered to execute the next steps that will lead me to pursue a doctoral degree.”
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