To interest a wider variety of students in fast-growing health careers and WSU health disciplines, the university will host its first Health Careers Expo 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, in the CUB jr. ballroom.
Native Americans, Latinos, African Americans, Pacific Islanders and other Asian Americans are not well represented in the health careers, said J. Manuel Acevedo, director of the WSU Office of Multicultural Student Services (MSS). To address that deficiency, a team from the WSU and Spokane campuses worked to create the expo.
“This expo seeks to provide those underrepresented populations with information about the excellent health programs at WSU and the University of Washington,” he said. “We hope to reach out and inspire them to pursue their career goals.”
At the expo, students on a panel will discuss what motivated them to enter the healthcare field and what they have done to become successful. Keynote speaker will be David Acosta, an associate professor in the School of Medicine at the UW and that university’s associate dean for multicultural affairs.
Information tables and small break-out sessions will include representatives discussing programs such as medicine, nursing, speech and hearing, pharmacy and veterinary medicine.
Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. The expo, free to the public, is organized by representatives from Native American health sciences, pre-nursing, sciences advising pre-medical/pre-dental, multicultural student services and the WWAMI medical education program.
For more information, contact MSS at mss.wsu.edu.