Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer; Associate Professor/Research within the Department of Population Health Sciences at UT Health San Antonio is one of the most sought after keynote speakers on academic and health topics including: Women Leadership, Diversifying the Biomedical Workforce, Intersectionality, and Social Determinants of Health
Dr. Collins has been actively involved in national and regional organizations in various leadership roles to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. She has more than 25 years of experience in race relations and social epidemiology, research and practice; serves as chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Diversity and Inclusion (2021-2023), immediate past chair of Texas Medical Schools Diversity Consortium (2020-2021), Steering Committee Member, AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science Member (2013-2018); appointed Board Member, National Diversity Council Healthcare and Time’s UP Healthcare.
Dr. Collins earned her master’s and doctorate degrees in sociology from the University of Michigan. She completed postdoctoral training in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Scholars Program at the University of California at Berkeley/UC San Francisco and received certification credentials from the AAMC Healthcare Executive Diversity and Inclusion Certificate (HEDIC) program. She is also a fellow of the prestigious Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program at Drexel University, cohort 2019-2020.
She joined UT Health San Antonio in September 2017 as the inaugural vice dean for inclusion and diversity at the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine. In March 2022, she was promoted to vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion for the university, includes all five schools: nursing, dental, medicine, health professions, and the graduate school. Prior to 2017, she served five years as the associate dean of diversity and cultural competency and assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.