Rachel E. Spector is an associate professor in the Department of Community Health Nursing at Boston College School of Nursing, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts and a Past President of Alpha Chi Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International. She began the office of President of the Transcultural Nursing Society in January, 1999 and has also been an elected member of the Needham, Massachusetts Board of Health. Her work focuses on both developing and teaching models of effective nursing care in multicultural populations and in the preparation of undergraduate and graduate nurses to provide effective nursing care in complex community settings. She has researched, taught, practiced and consulted in the specialty of Cultural Diversity for over 25 years; and, served on the Board of Health for 12 years. She is the author of numerous articles, chapters, and the book, Cultural Diversity in Health and Illness, now in its fifth edition. Her past experiences include numerous lectures and workshops in the field of Cultural Diversity conducted in many parts of the United States and world. In her role as an elected Board of Health official, she has been instrumental in developing model regulations that set criteria for the reporting and clean-up of hazardous wastes at the local level. Dr. Spector received a Diploma from The Mount Sinai Hospital School of Nursing, New York, NY in 1961; a B.S. in Nursing from Boston College School of Nursing in 1972; an MS in Community Health Nursing from Boston College School of Nursing in 1974; and, a Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing, Austin, TX in 1983.