Aidaly Castillo (’20 BSN) has always had an interest in medicine and community outreach, especially to underrepresented communities. She says it started when she attended medical appointments with family members.
“I noticed the lack of diversity in medical settings, especially the lack of Spanish-speaking nurses and doctors. I think it is important to be a voice for the Hispanic community and raise awareness on health care issues.”
She chose UTA because she was impressed by its degree programs, diversity, and commitment to serving students of all backgrounds.
That excellence has only grown over the years, with UTA being ranked again in 2020 among the Top 100 colleges and universities for Hispanic students by Hispanic Outlook on Education magazine.The University ranked in four categories: No. 15 in bachelor’s degrees; No. 9 in master’s degrees, No. 24 in total enrollment, and No. 9 in architecture degrees.
At UTA, Castillo grew her skillset as president of the Hispanic Student Nursing Association. The organization builds partnerships to promote the successful development of Hispanic students as professional nurses.
“A degree from UTA, especially one from its College of Nursing and Health Innovation, will open many doors and give me unlimited opportunities to help communities in need,” she says.