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 Andrea Ramirez, section coordinator of admissions and recruitment for the Hunt School of Dental Medicine.
As one of the first employees with the Hunt School of Dental Medicine, Andrea Ramirez, section coordinator of admissions and recruitment, has played a critical role in the development and success of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso’s newest school.
“Over the past two years, I’ve worked under the guidance of Drs. Black and Woodall toward accreditation for the dental school,” Ramirez said of her work with the dean and associate academic dean. “Now we’re excited about admitting our first class of dental students.”
While the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the course of many plans in 2020, the Hunt School of Dental Medicine’s preparations for its inaugural year remain nearly unchanged. Applicant interviews began in September and will continue through January, and the first cohort of dental students will be on campus starting July 2021.
Ramirez can relate with the challenges these students will face as they pursue graduate work during a health crisis. She’s currently pursuing her Master of Education in educational administration at The University of Texas at El Paso.
“A challenge for me has been working from home all day on the computer, then having class for another three hours online. It’s hard to be working from home and going to school at the same time. Every day at TTUHSC El Paso has been different with new challenges, but each challenge provides me with professional development.”
For Ramirez, giving back to TTUHSC El Paso is important because it can help with the hurdles students are bound to face.
“I donate to the Student Excellence Fund because it casts the widest net of impact for our student population. It’s important to give back no matter what. Working with prospective dental students makes my job enjoyable. I have been able to experience a new school and be a part of the team from early on. Seeing the applicants and their potential as future health care workers makes it all worth it.”
Giving back has never been so easy now that the Employee Giving Campaign form is online. Click here to join the Employee Giving Campaign.