President Allen emphasizes that Barry is a special place
Barry University President, Dr. Mike Allen, participates in a panel discussion, an Alumni Homecoming Weekend event. Pictured with the president are Dr. Glenn Bowen of the CCSI; Robbie Bell, an alumna; and VP Bernadine Douglas.
From a day of service to homecoming events, the celebration of Barry’s history, traditions, and core commitments has shown that this university is a special place.
President Mike Allen drew attention to just how special Barry is. He deemed it “very special” that almost 200 students got up early on a Saturday morning (Nov. 6) to take part in collaborative service activities in the community. And he called Founders’ Week “a wonderful week [when] so many special things happened.”
As he reflected on Founders’ Week, which culminated with Alumni Homecoming Weekend, Dr. Allen pointed to “some wonderful partnerships” that embody Barry’s commitment to social justice and collaborative service. He said the partnerships put Barry’s commitments to “real work.”
President Allen singled out the university’s partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami, the United Way of Miami, Casa Familia, and the Miami Center for Racial Justice as exemplars.
Dr. Allen was the lead panelist for “Reflections & Reconnections” on November 13. The hour-long panel discussion of “the exciting things we’ve got going on at Barry University” took place in the Fine Arts Quadrangle on campus and was broadcast on Facebook Live.
President Allen referred to Barry as “a place where the advocacy [and] the fight for social justice through collaborative service is … prevalent today.”
After noting the success of Founders’ Day of Service, the kickoff event for Founders’ Week, the university president highlighted a food-packing event that took place two days later.
Students and other volunteers packed 40,000 meals for families in Haiti, “a country that has obviously had more than their fair share of difficulties,” Dr. Allen said. He expressed the hope that the donation would make even a small difference in the lives of the Haitian people.
Dr. Tony Umadhay, Dr. Paula Dias, Janeisha Cambridge, Dr. Glenn Bowen, Robbie Bell, Dr. Mike Allen, and Bernadine Douglas pose for a photo after participating in the “Reflections & Reconnections” event.
Dr. Glenn Bowen, executive director of the Center for Community Service Initiatives (CCSI), explained Barry’s “mutifaceted approach to service.” He gave several examples of students’ direct and indirect service to the community throughout the pandemic and noted how students and faculty alike had leveraged the power of technology effectively to pivot “from high-touch to high-tech engagement.”
Bernadine Douglas, vice president for institutional advancement, introduced the panelists and moderated the discussion.
The other panelists were Dr. Tony Umadhay, associate professor of anesthesiology and associate dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences; Dr. Paula Dias, director of mission, leadership, and inclusion; Janeisha Cambridge, a Barry senior; and Robbie Bell, a Barry alumna.
Dr. John Murray, provost, and Dr. Jill Farrell, dean of the School of Education, were in attendance. Also present at the event were Pietro Bonacossa, associate vice president for development, and Monique Armbrister, director of alumni relations.