Native Bruin- Past, Present, & Emerging – Lorenzo Begay (Navajo/Mexican)

This APRIL 2023 we are highlighting Native Bruin Lorenzo Begay Navajo/Mexican class of 2010
Lorenzo Begay

Lorenzo Begay is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at California State University, Chico where he teaches nursing foundational concepts of pharmacology, clinical judgment, patient-centered care, and clinical practice. He graduated from UCLA in 2010 with a B.A. in Anthropology and a Master of Science in Nursing Education & Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist from California State University, Fresno in 2015. Most recently, he helped create a new student clinical partnership with Colusa County Public Health in Fall of 2022 to help first-semester nursing students provide nearly 400+ Influenza Vaccinations. He was awarded in Spring 2022 Community Nurse Leader, Theta Pi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society for his nursing instruction in East Central Illinois as a Nurse Residency RN Practice Coach at Carle Health & Visiting Assistant Professor at Illinois Wesleyan University. Lorenzo enjoys molding the next generation of nurses and looks forward to welcoming his first child with his wife in April 2023. Born and raised in Pasadena, CA, Lorenzo’s father and mother instilled the need to “go forth with truth and it shall set you and your community free.”
Personal Quote:

“Calm resiliency in the face of arising problems is the reality in which one must succeed. I work daily to instill in my students to broaden their definition of a patient to include extended family constructs, and how nursing care fosters a holistic view of a person and their sphere of influence to help heal. At UCLA, I took courses that broadened my view of healthcare in underserved communities, the realities of structural policies, and how humans create community practices central to their identity. Student peers used to joke that UCLA meant you cannot locate anything, but I found quite the opposite— I found community, resiliency, and ultimately my drive to bring forth the best of my abilities in serving others and hearing their life stories. I met friends who still continue to inspire me to think what we do today impacts tomorrow. Similar to nursing- Once a Bruin, always a Bruin.”