Ambassador Profiles

DNP Diversity Ambassador Profiles

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Muna Habib, BA, BSN, RN

Certified Nurse-Midwifery (CNM) Program | DNP Class of 2024

I was born to Filipino and Iraqi immigrant parents and grew up in a large family on the Eastside of WA. My educational background with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Washington provided me with essential knowledge on the necessity for diverse perspectives in order to address the health needs of a global society. As a multiracial woman raised in a suburb of Seattle, I am provided with multiple dimensions of experiences which play a role in the healthy living of diverse groups. Navigating through society with this multiracial lens has also afforded me the ability to understand that cultural differences are important considerations to take when providing holistic care to populations.

My commitment to caring for women, birthing individuals and families is furthered by the educational opportunities that I have been fortunate enough to have gained in the APNI-DNP program at Seattle University. I chose to pursue this graduate degree at SU because of its commitment to tackling the social injustices faced by populations, providing holistic care, and developing global nurse leaders. I am grateful to this program for having enhanced my knowledge and skills as a BSN-prepared Obstetrics and Perinatal Registered Nurse now working in a community health clinic serving underserved individuals and families throughout Seattle. My hope is that as a future Nurse Midwife, my professional and educational experiences will provide me with the necessary knowledge and skills to bring about change to the health outcomes of both local and global populations. I aspire to serve communities in hospitals and birth centers where I can organize in ways to find tangible solutions to issues that diverse groups of women and birthing individuals face.

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Myriam Pierre, MPH, BSN

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Program | DNP Class of 2024

I was born in a community in Miami, Florida called Little Haiti and was raised in a Haitian household. My upbringing played a pivotal role in helping to connect me with people from all around the world--with no passport required. These personal experiences were influential in my learning about the challenges that various cultural groups face.

So, when I decided to obtain my BSN at the University of Miami, I knew that by becoming a nurse I could create an opportunity to be an advocate for those belonging to diverse or disadvantaged communities. After working in various nursing roles, I decided to become a nurse care manager and collaborated with diverse patients dealing with chronic clinical needs. In this role, I found that these patients not only needed help with their clinical needs, but they also needed help managing their mental health. These patients had a lot of fears and hesitancy when it came to addressing their mental health. They would share feelings of being misunderstood, judged, or stigmatized inside and outside their community due to their mental health challenges. So, when the opportunity came for me to pursue an advanced degree, I knew that becoming a PMHNP would help to address a critical need in the community.

Overall, it has been a divine journey for me to be back in school--especially at Seattle University. Not only was I given an opportunity after being out of school for so many years. But also, I was able to take a mini break from my doctoral studies to get married and live in Berlin, Germany. After I graduate, I would like to work amongst disadvantaged and diverse communities, to educate them on the importance of their mental health and to instill hope when it comes to addressing their mental health challenges. My hope is to eventually have my own mental health practice.

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Lina Saeday, BA

Certified Nurse-Midwifery (CNM) Program| DNP Class of 2025

I was born in East Africa and spent my initial years of childhood and adulthood there. My background is built on the Ethiopian culture of my upbringing, but also on my subsequent pursuit of the American Dream in my adult life. My new life was an uphill battle, but it afforded me the chance for a college education at UCLA and opportunities to pursue my dream in health care. 

While playing a role on the health care team I became familiar with the oppressive injustices and personal circumstances that impact health outcomes. Although my role as a patient care assistant on the labor and delivery floor allowed me to connect with patients, I wanted to play a larger role in their care. I realized that I could further elevate my scope and maximize my impact on women’s health within the nursing profession. As an immigrant Muslim woman of color, I knew a career in DNP would place me in a perfect position to bridge the diversity gap in health care and be there for underserved patients who lack access and quality care.

My inherent values and what has driven me over the course of my life is to make a difference in the marginalized community and serve the population I come from. I was drawn to Seattle University because of the program's deep commitment to social justice and equity. I hope to embody those values by dismantling disparities and advocating for underserved patients and their reproductive rights. I was confident that the program’s diverse cohort would broaden my horizons and prepare me to provide tailored solutions that empower patients to make choices about their bodies that bring them strength, confidence, and holistic health.

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Vanessa Trinidad

Certified Nurse-Midwifery (CNM) Program | DNP Class of 2025

Early on in my life, I discovered my passion for women and babies in addition to understanding the importance of education. As a first-generation high school graduate, I found beauty in the adversity of this role as I navigated the unknown and created my own footsteps. Upon graduating Pacific Lutheran University with my Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, I became aware and invested in the stigmas, disparities, and difficulties that low income, marginalized, and young pregnant women and new moms faced. 

I knew Seattle University’s commitment to leadership, empowerment, and their holistic approach would foster my growth into the individual and nurse I aspire to be. Throughout my educational journey at Seattle University, I hope to further evolve as an individual, dismantle barriers, and improve safe and effective care for the pregnant and mom-infant population.

When I am not studying, you can find me spending time with family and friends, exploring the outdoors, or exercising, trying new food places, and traveling!

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Ezinne Ufomadu, BA, BSN

Certified Nurse-Midwifery (CNM) Program | DNP Class of 2024

I was born and raised in Nigeria, the western part of Africa. I moved to Houston, TX after I graduated from high school to further my educational goals and aspirations. I received my associate’s degree in health sciences from Houston Community College and my bachelor's degree in biology from the University of St. Thomas, Houston. Even with these two degrees, I was not yet satisfied and wanted to acquire more knowledge. I was not sure what I wanted my career to be, but I knew I wanted to empower people, and strengthen the voice of the voiceless in health care. I started volunteering in the NICU department at a hospital caring for preemie babies and babies with birth complications. I witnessed how racism played a part in health care as some patients were given preferential treatment and more care times than patients of color. At this moment, it dawned on me that there was more I could do for people with less privileged access by pursuing a higher position where I could effect change. I decided it was time for me to make an impact in health care and towards abolishing racism that patients faced.

I embarked on researching different career paths and stumbled upon Seattle University's APNI-DNP nursing program, which met all the educational criteria I was seeking for my career goals. Nursing made me realize that my calling was in helping people, engaging in ongoing learning, advocating for people who are unable to, and serving the less fortunate. Being a part of the Jesuit family at SU will equip me to become a health care provider-Midwife who is fair and just in providing equal care for all my patients regardless of socio-economic statues and race. I am so happy with the choice I made years ago to pursue a career in nursing and do not regret it. I have already learned a great deal about this amazing and rewarding career path. After graduating, my goal is to start a non-profit organization providing care at low or no cost for the frail, vulnerable, less privileged, disadvantaged, and underserved communities so that they can attain better health and care.