Gerard Roman

Gerard Roman

Gerard Roman

Power Words

Sacrificio, Persistencia, Logros
Sacrifice, Persistence, Goal

Where were you born? 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Parents from Puerto Rico)

What school did you attend? 

Troy State University (AS, BS), University of Oklahoma (MHR), Walden University (PostGrad)

What gained your interest in the NIH? 

The NIH mission and the scientific advances in support of better health for the nation. I applied to job opening in my career field and was offered the privilege to serve.

What kind of work do you do at the NIH? 

I am a Diversity and Inclusion Strategist. My work contributes to the development and sustainment of an inclusive work environment in which all members of the NIH are treated equitably and have the opportunity to contribute fully to the organization. I provide overall vision and direction for the Hispanic Portfolio.

What message would you like to send to young Hispanics who are considering going to college? 

No other asset can lead to so many positive outcomes than securing an education. Eventually, it will lead to a better future for you and your family. Perhaps you think college is not for you, or you are afraid. Perhaps you think that there is not enough money available in terms of financial aid. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Most of my college work was done in non-traditional settings, while serving active duty in the military, after work, on weekends, traveling long distances, and even taking leave of absence from work to complete classes. Higher education will help you secure a decent career, job a better life and will help you make better-informed decisions. Many of you just like many of us have faced persistent obstacles and sacrifices. But, stay focused on your goal, follow your dreams and never give up!