Donor Spotlights: Why We Serve- Dr. Eddy Diaz & Mrs. Neia Diaz
Dr. Eddy Diaz graduated from Life University in 1995 and has been serving on the Board of Trustees for the past decade. This past July, he renewed another term for three more years. He and his wife, Neia, are firm believers in serving others and do this in many ways. Together, they attend at least three LIFEforce (LFW)/LIFE Leadership Weekends (LLW) a year, host many Student Recruitment Events (SRE) and strive to uphold the mission and passion of Chiropractic.
When Dr. Diaz was about 11 or 12 years old, his father wanted to know what he planned to be when he grew up. His father, who had escaped from Cuba and worked very hard to provide for the family, wanted his two children to understand the importance of education and college. Because of this, Dr. Diaz’s father wanted to know from his children what they planned to study and told them that when they got home from school the next day, they were to let him know. Dr. Diaz had no idea what to say, so he visited the school counselor who told him that he was too young to know this yet. Dr. Diaz insisted that his father wanted an answer, so she gave him and his sister three large books of every profession that existed. He opened the first book and innately landed on Chiropractic. Even though Dr. Diaz had no idea what that was, he decided then and there, a chiropractor was what he would become. He even spent weekends and summers going around to chiropractic offices to learn all about this profession.
One of Dr. Diaz’s biggest honors is to be able to serve the chiropractic profession through his service as a Board of Trustee member at Life U. He has been involved from an international standpoint through his Spanish heritage and living in Puerto Rico, which he said allows him to focus on a global level to recruit students. During Dr. Diaz’s tenure on the Board, he has been able to expand Life U’s vision with the campus construction of the The Commons and Lyceum Dining Hall while also creating the Chancellor and Provost positions at the University. He is proud of how financially sound the University is doing.
“It is an honor and a privilege to serve as a Board of Trustee. I feel that my main objective is to represent the principles of Chiropractic to the institution. That has been my real focus on the Board. On the Board, we have diverse personalities and a diverse set of professions. Our common goal is that we love to serve and we love Life U, but we each bring something different to the table. My purpose is on keeping the sacred trust at Life U and keeping the principle of Chiropractic up to date on how the University portrays itself and delivers this properly,” said Dr. Diaz.
Both Dr. and Mrs. Diaz love to serve through their LIFEforce membership. They love serving through Student Recruitment Events (SRE) and feel that they are the foundation to building a strong future of chiropractors. According to the Diaz’s, this is a great opportunity to engage with potential new students and continue to create the tribe, which has a common ground with its love of Chiropractic and Life U. Bringing together hundreds of students in one event at LIFE Leadership Weekend (LLW) is what stems from local SREs.
“Hands down it is the Testimonial Dinner,” said Dr. Diaz. “I cry at every single one of them. It doesn’t matter how many times I hear testimonials. For me, they always touch really deep inside. I know the transformation that transpires at a moment like this. They become one of us.”
Mrs. Diaz noted the Dessert Party on Saturday night as one of her favorite events. “All we hear about is how great was the weekend, how excited they are and that they cannot wait to come back and start school with us,” she explained.
For the Diaz’s, their greatest accomplishment as LIFEforce members is the number of students that they have brought to Life U. In fact, they stopped counting the number of students after about 250.
On why everyone should become a LIFEforce member, Dr. Diaz said, “It’s an opportunity to serve. You will get more than you can ever imagine.”
This article was originally published in Your Extraordinary Life (YEL), Life University‘s Alumni and Friends Magazine, 2022- Volume 15. YEL started in 2009 as a twice-per-year publication before moving to three issues per year from 2010-2017. In 2018, University leadership made the decision to publish a larger, more elegant version of the magazine just once per year that our alumni and friends could be proud of. YEL features an in-depth look at all things Life University, from alumni and student human interest stories to recaps and previews of the University’s biggest events. If you are a proud Life University alumni, friend or supporter, this publication is one you can’t miss!
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