Westminster Prof Named Inaugural Author on Diversity Blog

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Dr. Diana Ortiz, associate professor of biology at Westminster College, has been selected as one of the first contributors to a National Science Foundation-supported blog that explores ways educators can create systemic change that advances diversity.

The blog, Disruptor, is an initiative of the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Improving Undergraduate STEM Education Program. It was launched in January and will feature monthly posts.

“As a biology and public health educator, writing this blog presents a great opportunity to highlight how we can develop strategies that integrate issues of diversity, equity and inclusion into our courses. In my experience, incorporating these topics into my courses have provided students with wider perspectives which, in some cases, have impacted their future career paths in meaningful ways,” says Ortiz. 

Ortiz joined the Westminster faculty in 2014. She earned her undergraduate degree from the Universidad del Turabo in Puerto Rico, her master’s from Jackson State University and her doctorate from the University of South Carolina.

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