Although Dr. Erin Doran and I have only interacted a handful of times she has been someone that that has deeply impacted my sense of value here at Iowa State. She was open, vulnerable, and kind during my time of need. She continues to be a smiling face I see around campus and at school. Dr. Doran is kind, empathetic, and passionate about empowering students of color like me. Through my time of need she continually checked in and offered her office as a space of refuge. Although she might not realize it, her presence gives me hope that I can continue to make change although I am not always accepted or welcomed. Dr. Doran inspires me to be a better professional, person, and Latina.