Born in Baltimore, Sandy San Miguel became a rural swine veterinarian and professor at Purdue University- an unexpected career path for a first-generation college student and Jewish city kid. She currently works with students from Kindergarten to veterinary college, to encourage them to pursue their dreams. She established and leads an NIH, NIGMS, SEPA-supported role-modeling program, This Is How We “Role,” where veterinary medical students mentor children in Kindergarten through fourth grade. The program is being delivered in 19 states, through veterinary colleges and their community partners. She remains deeply grateful for all of the counselors, teachers, and coaches who supported her through this journey.

Dr. San Miguel was selected as a 2019 National Jefferson Award recipient for Outstanding Public Service by an Employee.