Each month, a Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso employee who contributes to the university’s Employee Giving Campaign will be featured. Participating in this campaign sends a powerful message to the community that employees not only work here, but also truly believe in our mission to serve all people through exemplary patient care, education and research. They are dedicated to excellence and committed to care.
This month’s employee is Joe Diaz, section coordinator for the Office of Student Affairs.
Helping medical students at the Foster School of Medicine reach their full potential is part of Joe Diaz’s charge at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, where he’s a section coordinator for the Office of Student Affairs. A former high school baseball coach and FedEx driver, Diaz joined TTUHSC El Paso in 2016 to have a more stable career that allowed him more time with his young family.
The transition to higher education allowed Diaz to grow professionally while also leading students through transitional, growth-oriented educational journeys.
“It’s a simple choice. I always want to help people in need,” Diaz said of his work and home life.
Diaz not only contributes his talent to TTUHSC El Paso, but also his treasure. He’s been a donor with the Employee Giving Campaign since starting his position, and has directed his donations to the Foster School of Medicine Excellence Fund.
“I get to help the less fortunate while contributing to student excellence,” he said.
A self-proclaimed “people person,” Diaz is part of the welcoming committee for new medical students. He’s found that the most difficult aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic is the lack of social interaction.
“My job really hasn’t changed much since the pandemic; however, it’s been difficult not seeing everyone on campus. It’s just a tad lonely on the second floor of the MEB.”
While his job hasn’t faced many changes during the pandemic, his work-life balance has.
“The biggest challenge is having to combine my dad life and work life! I have two children at home and having to maintain good attendance for school and work is quite the challenge,” Diaz said.
More time with his children has provided Diaz with valuable insight into his career choices.
“COVID-19 has taught me I was never meant to be a school teacher! It’s also taught me to appreciate all those around me who have put in time to help me. Having a 4-year-old and 2-year-old at home, I’ve worked to be the best provider and teacher to my children. I’ve tried to show them that no matter the obstacle, we’re a family and we’ll always have each other!”
Diaz is part of TTUHSC El Paso family and he continues to demonstrate through his work and commitment to the campus that he will always be there for Foster School of Medicine students.
Giving back has never been so easy now that the Employee Giving Campaign form is online. Click here to join the Employee Giving Campaign.