Ask Dr. Tony Umadhay about the qualities that set Barry nursing students and alumni apart from the rest, and he points directly to the university’s core commitments. “We are driven by mission,” he says. “The core commitments of social justice, knowledge and truth, inclusive community, and collaborative service are tightly threaded through-out our curriculum. These commitments serve as a solid basis for our purpose”.
Dr. Umadhay, longtime Professor of Anesthesiology and the newly appointed Dean of the School of Nursing, has always viewed nursing as a vehicle for individual, systemic, and global transformation. Growing up in the Philippines, he watched his aunties become nurses and follow their careers to California, where they both settled, while continuing to support loved ones back in the homeland. “They provided the vision,” he says of the social mobility and economic opportunities that his aunts modeled and shared with his family. “Culturally, it is acknowledged that Filipinos migrate abroad for work to support families for a better future back home. I too, wanted to make a difference”.