Margarite Curtis-Farrell

Margarite Curtis-Farrell

Margarite Curtis-Farrell

Power Words

FOCUS - I reflect on the word often. While working on many projects at work and balancing my home life, I sometimes say to myself stop, breathe, and focus. This gets me on track and helps me to prioritize my projects

Where were you born? 

Vicksburg, Mississippi

What school did you attend? 

Alcorn State University Lorman, Mississippi; Incarnate Word University San Antonio Texas: University of Maryland University College, College Park Maryland

What gained your interest in the NIH? 

I was first introduced to the NIH by members of my church family at 13th & Irving Street Church of Christ NW DC. I moved to the DC Metro area in the summer of 1985 and several members of my church worked in various administrative and science positions at NIH. I appreciated the goal and mission of the NIH to promote the health and wellness of the Nation and was hired in July of 1987 as a Personnel Assistant.

What kind of work do you do at the NIH? 

I work in the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) as EEO Specialist (IC Liaison) I provide EEO and Diversity services for 10 Institutes and Centers. I assist my internal office with employee engagement and development activities.

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

Definitely consider it. In today's work environment, you need a degree to compete. College also offers many valuable experiences. The experience provides firsthand insight into the adult world. Plan early, apply for scholarships, go on tours and seek out mentors.