Third-year nursing PhD student Sarah Rodrigues was recently honored with the Latino Excellence and Achievement Award (LEAD) for her contributions as a graduate student researcher.
Her research interests include family-centered and trauma-informed care, embodied knowledge and narrative methodologies.
Rodrigues is a UCI Inclusive Excellence Ambassador and peer mentor to incoming graduate students who are first-generation and/or from a minority-serving institution.
She is also a peer mentor for the Competitive Edge Summer Research Program to support entering graduate students from diverse backgrounds. She is currently involved with assistant professor Amir M. Rahmani’s Digital Community-Centered Care (D-CCC) model study.
In addition to her PhD, she is pursuing a Graduate Feminist Emphasis through the UCI Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies. Rodrigues works as a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nurse.
UCI’s LEAD remains the only celebration and awards event in the University of California system focused on Hispanic and Latinx graduate student success. Its mission is to:
- Celebrate graduate student research excellence and achievement
- Recognize faculty, staff and alumni who provide support for excellence and success
- Create a sense of community and institutional memory of academic and professional achievement in the UCI Hispanic and Latinx community