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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Krozy honored with Hispanic Service Award

Ronna Krozy, associate professor of community health, is the first faculty recipient of the Hispanic Service Award for her commitment to the Hispanic community.

Ronna Krozy, associate professor of community health, is the first faculty recipient of the Hispanic Service Award for her commitment to the Hispanic community. Dr. Krozy joined the nursing faculty at Boston College in 1973, and has been committed throughout her career to placing her students with diverse and underserved populations.

In 1990 she developed a collaborative project with the medical missionary group Por Cristo which provided students with the opportunity to learn through immersion about social justice and health disparity. Through this program Krozy led her students to one of the poorest areas of Ecuador where they conducted classes, cared for patients, and helped construct houses and latrines. In 1996 she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship for her work in Ecuador, and also received the Por Cristo Foundation's Volunteer of the Year award.

In 2005, Dr. Krozy helped launch the Connell School of Nursing Global Health Initiative, an immersion trip which serves as an undergraduate community clinical and an opportunity for graduate nurse practitioner students to earn supervised practice hours. Students bring donated medicines and supplies, provide one-on-one nursing care, and teach health promotion strategies in Spanish to a group of volunteer health promoters from the community.

A staunch advocate for recruitment of diverse and underrepresented students, Dr. Krozy has consistently put her knowledge and experience to work for populations dominated by the inequality of healthcare.

The award was given by the John A. Dinneen, S.J. Hispanic Alumni Committee on March 28, 2009.