|Esther Rose A. Romarate is Chair of the Department of Languages, Mass Communications & Humanities at Central Philippine University (CPU) in Iloilo City.
“I have been doing a lot of things differently since my experience in the United Board Fellows Program. For example, I now integrate the vision and mission of the University in my course syllabi and practice a consultative approach to decision-making that includes all stakeholders.
“Moreover, as a result of the United Board Fellows program, there are three significant changes in the way I meet the challenges of my vocation. First, in the way I relate with people, I have become more accommodating of those whose religious and cultural backgrounds are different from mine. Second, in my pursuit of professional development, I have become more aggressive in actualizing my potential, especially as I recall the affirmations from my Augustana College mentor in the United Board Fellows Program. Third, I have become more confident and less apprehensive about the possibility of being assigned a more challenging administrative position.
“Before the United Board Fellows Program, I was the reluctant potential leader; now I have accepted the challenge that I can be the initiator of changes that will improve our services to CPU students.”
Esther Romarate, center,
with students from Nigeria and Taiwan.
“I have become more accommodating of those whose religious and cultural backgrounds are different than mine. ”
Esther Rose A. Romarate
Chair, Department of Languages
Mass Communications & Humanities Central Philippine University
United Board Fellow, 2002-2004