Human Resources, Office of Workforce Development, Workforce Development Specialist
What is your role at Dana-Farber?
I support the Director of Workforce Development in overseeing programs designed to educate, engage, and increase awareness and access to career opportunities in health care for both youth and adults. One initiative that I manage is the Workforce Development Student Training Program, which includes a summer jobs program, school-year internship program, and job shadow experiences for Boston youth. As part of that, I develop and facilitate career and college readiness curriculum for high school and college students, which includes field trips and campus visits to supplement student learning and engagement.
Where did you go to school?
I received a dual bachelor's degree in elementary and special education and in mathematics from Syracuse University. I earned a master's degree in social work from Boston College.
What brought you to Dana-Farber?
My former employer, Youth Enrichment Services, is a community partner of Dana-Farber Workforce Development. I have always enjoyed collaborating with Dana-Farber in providing meaningful work experiences for Boston's youth. I jumped at the opportunity to work for the Institute.
What is most rewarding about your work here?
My role at Dana-Farber allows me to combine both my background in youth development with my passion for workforce development. I enjoy connecting underserved and underrepresented students from Boston high schools and community organizations with Dana-Farber for jobs, career exploration and enrichment activities, and other efforts to encourage diverse students to pursue studies and careers in science and math.
What is the biggest challenge in your role?
In order for our programs to be successful, we need the participation and commitment of multiple stakeholders, DFCI leadership, students, supervisors, staff, community partners, and educators. Keeping everyone informed, invested, and working toward the common goal while maintaining quality programming is sometimes challenging.
How does your role contribute to the mission of Dana-Farber?
Dana-Farber is committed to developing a diverse, skilled workforce pipeline to careers in health care, which is the goal of the Student Training Program. Equipping students early with the skills necessary to identify the next steps in their career ladder is key to both their success and ours. I love serving as a bridge that connects community organizations and Boston's youth to opportunities at the Institute.
What do you do for fun in your spare time?
I try to entertain my young son and be the best mom I can be. For fun and to de-stress, I like to cook and eat with my family, watch Korean drama shows, and jog around my neighborhood.