Meet Our Class of 2018 Fellows: Vincent Tamuzza

Brandeis University, Heller School for Social Policy and Management

Originally from New Jersey, Vincent received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Boston College. Even though his primary passion was science and medicine, he developed a strong appreciation for literature and the humanities as a member of the Arts & Sciences Honors Program. At graduation, Vincent was named “Scholar of the College,” for his two years of research studying retinal structures in mice. Vincent is most proud, however, of his advocacy work. While at BC, he was leader of two separate LGBTQ+ organizations, where he focused on outreach, education, and support, especially in the setting of a Catholic institution. After BC, Vincent returned home to New Jersey where he received his medical degree from UMDNJ-Rutgers. During medical school, Vincent continued his advocacy work, and focused on LGBTQ+ healthcare, completing two externships at queer-focused institutions: Fenway Health in Boston, and the Pride Institute in NJ. After graduation, he returned to the Boston area where he currently resides with his two dachshunds and a chiweenie.

What made you consider business school?

I believe an MBA would complement my science and healthcare background, strengthening my leadership skills and business acumen. A business degree would give me the tools and language to become a respected voice in any institution.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?

I’m excited to meet new people, make contacts, and form a stronger network, especially in the professional LGBTQ+ community.

Who are some leaders (in the LGBT community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?

Some of the people who inspire me most are Oprah Winfrey, RuPaul Charles, and Dolly Parton. Each one of them came from very modest beginnings to become the huge successes they are today. They all became savvy businesspeople who grew their brands, while helping the world at large, and supporting the LGBTQ+ community. I also deeply admire the Parkland student activists for their passion and eloquence at such a young age. Lastly, I admire all the transmen and women around the world, struggling to live their authentic lives in the face of adversity.

What's one thing everyone should know about you?

I’m a widower; I lost my partner suddenly, after a 15-year relationship. The loss obviously had a huge impact on my life, and has shaped who I am. Letting others know gives them a glimpse into my life, while honoring my partner’s memory.

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