Magazine article HRMagazine

Christel Colón, SHRM-SCP HR Business Partner, Brookhaven National Laboratory

Magazine article HRMagazine

Christel Colón, SHRM-SCP HR Business Partner, Brookhaven National Laboratory

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Christel Colón grew up in the Jacob Riis housing project on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, a section called Alphabet City, at a time when poverty rates and crime were at all-time highs.

"Too many of my childhood contemporaries are either dead, incarcerated, homeless or struggling," Colón says.

She overcame those early obstacles in large part because of her parents. Both were Puerto Rican immigrants who began their lives in the U.S. with little education or money.

Yet they set high educational goals for their children and worked numerous jobs, cleaning houses and driving taxis to make ends meet.

Colón has continued that work ethic throughout her 30-year HR career, during which she has held positions at a law firm, hospitals, universities and now a scientific research laboratory. In each place, she has been attracted by the organization's mission as much as the job itself.

Colón is president of the Long Island chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management and has chaired several of the chapter's committees, including its diversity and inclusion council. …

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