Health Sciences Dean, Dr. Shafik Dharamsi Solicits Ideas from Alumni

For the first time in nearly 40 years, Martin Aceves showed off his diploma from The University of Texas at El Paso, which was tucked away in his closet for safekeeping.

College of Health Sciences Dean Shafik Dharamsi, left, met UTEP alumnus Martin Aceves

Health Sciences Dean, Dr. Shafik Dharamsi Solicits Ideas from Alumni
College of Health Sciences Dean Shafik Dharamsi, Ph.D., left, met UTEP alumnus Martin Aceves to discuss opportunities for UTEP students to engage with the aging population during the dean’s meet-and-greet in November. Photo by J.R. Hernandez / UTEP Communications

Legally blind all his life, Aceves overcame long odds to graduate from UTEP with a bachelor’s degree in social work in 1980.

“My degree provided me a great life and a great retirement,” said Aceves, who retired in 2015 after 28 years as a rehabilitation counselor in San Antonio. “I give UTEP all the credit for my success.”

College of Health Sciences Dean Shafik Dharamsi, Ph.D., invited Aceves to UTEP to share his story and talk about ways the college can better serve the community.

Dharamsi hosts these informal meet-and-greets at the college on an ongoing basis to engage community-based alumni in shaping the future of health sciences education at UTEP.

“We have a discussion about their experiences and how they can help us envision the college 10, 15, 20 years down the road,” Dharamsi explained, “and what we need to do to develop community responsive graduates.”

More at the source: Laura L. Acosta, UTEP Communications, December 21, 2017: https://www.utep.edu/newsfeed/campus/health-sciences-dean-solicits-ideas-from-alumni.html

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