Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion.

A Message from the Director of Diversity Initiatives

Kalpesh Desai.

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.

Kalpesh Desai
Director of Diversity Initiatives
UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

2020-2021 SPPS Diversity and Inclusion Objectives

Recruitment and Retention.
Recruitment and Retention

Recommend strategies to increase number of students, faculty, staff, mentors and preceptors from underrepresented backgrounds

Curriculum Enhancement.
Curriculum Enhancement

Incorporate health disparities and cultural competence in future PharmD and pharmaceutical sciences courses

Underrepresented in Pharmacy Mentorships.
Underrepresented in Pharmacy Mentorships

Develop mentorship program for Underrepresented in Pharmacy (UIP) students by UIP alumni.

Wellness Clinics and Career Mentorship.
Wellness Clinics and Career Mentorship

Student wellness clinics and student direct career mentorship in local underserved communities

Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Create committee composed of faculty, staff, students, alumni and preceptors from both the PharmD program and the pharmaceutical sciences programs from diverse backgrounds and cultural experiences

Upcoming Events

University-Wide Diversity and Inclusion Events

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Student Life Intercultural and Diversity Center Events

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