Dear SPPS Family,
As the Director of Diversity Initiatives at the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPPS), I am excited to start listening and learning with all of our SPPS family (faculty, staff, and students). This position interested me because I remembered when I was growing up, I was one of very few minorities in school and early on, I did not feel included. I felt I was an outsider because of my skin color and having been born in a different country. I want everyone at SPPS to feel they are welcome, respected and included.
I would like to foster an environment at SPPS where everyone feels that they can share their thoughts, feelings and ideas. Please watch for upcoming forums throughout the year for these opportunities. I believe a diverse population is essential; I hope that I can increase diversity in our students, staff and faculty. All of us can learn from each other’s varied experiences (good and bad) and become better human beings that are more equitable and inclusive. When we all act and respect each other better, our school and humanity benefits.
Please read our school’s Diversity and Inclusion Statement. This statement is the first step in our reflective process, where we will begin open dialogue regarding systemic racism with the goal of creating an inclusive and respectful environment within the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. We welcome your insights and participation as we begin this process.
Director of Diversity Initiatives
UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences