Voices of The Coalition

Apr 01, 2022

Voices of the Coalition

Voices of the Coalition: Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

The Anti-Racism and Equity Coalition is comprised of members from all departments across campus. The diversity of our members is meant to help us gain unique perspectives on university matters. Our goal is to ensure that the Coalition’s mission permeates throughout the Barry community. To satisfy this aim, we created the Voices of the Coalition, where Coalition members have a chance to write about their perspectives.

By: Dr. Joel Collazo

Joining the Coalition has been an important step in my professional and social life. I believe that all individuals have the same rights and opportunities regardless of their ethnic background, religious beliefs, etc. Working within a diverse community requires that every one of us be aware of the differences that characterize each group of humans and how these differences enrich our country. As for our university, we have faculty, staff, and students with dissimilar interests, cultural and national backgrounds, sexual orientation, religious beliefs that when supported by a culture of compassion, tolerance, and support, there cannot be other results than a better community where all work for the common good.

I have the strong belief that working, studying, or living in a supportive environment would be conducive to more productive individuals and better results overall. Our students feel confident, our faculty and staff are confident. This eventually leads to obtaining the best possible results.

Joel Collazo MD, MS was born in Havana, Cuba and graduated from the Instituto Superior de Ciencias Medicas de La Habana in 1994, receiving the degree of Medical Doctor. After graduation, Dr. Collazo taught histology for medical and nursing students as part of his specialization in Histology from 1994 to 1997. In 1998 he moved to Lima, Peru where he practiced medicine in urban and rural areas of Lima and taught basic pathology and epidemiology to nursing students. Dr. Collazo also worked as invited faculty of the School of Public Health of Lima, responsible for seminars and lectures of epidemiology. At his arrival to the United States he continued developing his medical teaching career at Miami-Dade College in 2009 in charge of anatomy and physiology, and general biology. He has also taught other subjects in different private colleges and became an adjunct faculty of Broward College in 2015. Dr. Collazo became part of the faculty of the Biomedical Sciences Program at Barry University since August, 2016 as an adjunct Faculty teaching Histology and Medical Microbiology during the Fall of 2016. In January of 2017, Dr. Collazo became Assistant Professor at the BMS program, teaching Histology and other subjects (Epidemiology and Human Embryology). Dr. Collazo has a Master Degree in Clinical Biology with specialization in Laboratory Management from Barry University (2012-2014) and is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Health with specialization in Epidemiology at Walden University.

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