Press Releases Archived All Stories

WCSU Minorities in Medicine Club to host motivational speaker

DANBURY, CONN.— The Western Connecticut State University Minorities in Medicine Club will host Dr. Karen Morris-Priester, who will discuss “How to Succeed When Everyone Thinks You Are Failing” at noon on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Room 125 of the Science Building on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The talk will be free and the public is invited.

Morris-Priester is an anesthesiologist and motivational speaker. The 45-year-old mother of five graduated from the Yale School of Medicine in 2007 and was the first grandmother to do so. Her story attracted the attention of talk show host Oprah Winfrey, who featured Morris-Priester in a segment.

Morris-Priester first came to the club’s attention due to her presence at the Yale Summer Medical and Dental Education Program. After learning of her story, club members sought to bring her to WCSU in hopes of inspiring other students.

Daisy Aguilar, president of Minorities in Medicine, said the club was founded in spring 2017 and serves socially underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students who wish to explore the medical field and prepare for professional schooling as a team.

Aguilar said, “I hope those who attend the event will be empowered by her story and aspire to pursue their goals — whether it’s to become a medical doctor, architect, journalist or anything else.”

For more information, send an email to Aguilar at



Western Connecticut State University offers outstanding faculty in a range of quality academic programs. Our diverse university community provides students an enriching and supportive environment that takes advantage of the unique cultural offerings of Western Connecticut and New York. Our vision: To be an affordable public university with the characteristics of New England’s best small private universities.