Dr. Oladunni Oluwoye, PhD
Department of Medical Education and Clinical Sciences
What influential people have you looked up to in your career?
From a young age, Dr. Oluwoye looked up to her dad, a professor of urban planning at Alabama A&M University, as her influence. He traveled to conferences, meetings, and to other countries for his work, including after the family relocated to Alabama following a stint in Australia. “He has had a big impact on my life,” said Oluwoye. She loves how she and her dad bond over their shared passion for research, and that her work makes her dad proud.
What does Black History Month mean to you?
“To me I think Black History Month is a double-edged sword,” said Oluwoye. She noted that while people are more attuned to Black history during this time and open to learning about both the traumatic and positive things that have happened in history including the many accomplishments of Black individuals, those conversations and acknowledgments should happen every month.
She appreciates how Black History Month highlights people who might not have had the opportunity to speak their truths, especially in Spokane.
“Throughout history, Black people have been able to make incredible accomplishments and do great things in light of adversity,” said Oluwoye.
What most excites you about your work at WSU and beyond?
Dr. Oluwoye enjoys the people she works with.
“I have really lucked out by working with a great group of people,” said Oluwoye.
She noted that what makes it great is the support, generation of exciting ideas, and she has a lot of fun doing the research she is passionate about. From staff to research coordinators and mentors, she loves the people she works with.
What do you hope for this next generation of scientists that you’re setting an example for?
“Do the research that you love to do,” said Oluwoye.
Her hope for this next generation of scientists would be that they pursue the research that most interests them and has the biggest impact to the community, especially as this will lead to a more fulfilled work life. She also encourages young scientists to find a mentor that is relatable and right for them.