From left, Arden Bongco, Wanda Smith,
Willie Ferrer and Rhonda Cole are addressing multiethnic issues
in Pathology’s Core Lab. With diversity at the fore, efforts
like these should catch on.
A bold initiative fosters diversity across
Johns Hopkins Medicine
For Willie Ferrer, supervising more than 40 medical technologists
and technicians overnight in the Department of Pathology’s
Core Lab demands a touch of diplomacy. The lab’s rich mix
of backgrounds—African-American, Filipino, Nigerian, Chinese,
Indian and Hispanic among them—means that dilemmas can arise.
Is it OK to speak your native language in the lab? To look someone
directly in the eye? To ask someone, when English is your second
language, to repeat those complicated directions?