Pearl Kapuscinski’s American Indian heritage has enriched her life and her 20-year career at Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry. An administrative assistant in oral surgery, Kapuscinski joined the college in 1988.
Kapuscinski says she’s been privileged to learn of her heritage and promotes education and scholarship funding for the American Indian community.
“To most people this might seem an ordinary thing,” Kapuscinski says. “However, when one’s forebears actively practiced denial of their culture in order to be allowed to take part in the larger society, then to have that richness of experience and customs suddenly available, it is a big thing, and I want to give back.”
She calls her favorite memory at the college “an honor” as a founding member of the diversity education committee that she has served through its lifespan. She says the knowledge she gained helps with interactions with people outside the college.
When thinking about the college’s changes in 20 years, Kapuscinski says, “more importantly, what hasn’t changed is the attitude of friendliness and helpfulness of the employees, the Baylor family.”