I had my first Mayo Clinic experience in 1961 when I matriculated at the Methodist-Kahler School of Nursing. Upon graduation, I was employed as one of the original transfusion team nurses at the clinic. Over the years since then, there have been opportunities for me to enrich the lives of others by living the Mayo motto "The needs of the patient (or student) come first."
After spending 20 years at home raising my children, I re-entered the medical field at the Mayo Health Education Library. There I was given the opportunity to assist patients in finding the medical information they needed to improve their health or understand their disease. After five years, I transferred to the Admissions Office of Mayo Clinic School of Medicine and worked with applicants from the inquiry stage through the application process, sharing with them information about the school and clinic and why it is the best place to study medicine in the country. I became known as "Mother Mayo" to many matriculating students!
When the Mayo Clinic Office for Diversity became a reality in July 2008, I was asked to join the staff to assist with the goal of recruitment and retention of a diverse student body within the programs and schools of the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.
What is my perspective on diversity? I feel we are all different, each in a unique way, and yet we are all alike in other ways. Like an egg, we may be a different color or shape on the outside, but we are basically the same on the inside. We were created equal. Everyone deserves to be treated with kindness and respect. Everyone deserves an equal opportunity in life.
Nov. 11, 2010