Students explore diverse societies at annual Cultural Night

IPSF Cultural Night.

By Kara Sweet

Published December 10, 2020

Each fall, the University at Buffalo chapter of the International Pharmaceutical Students Federation (IPSF) hosts Cultural Night. This annual event, held via Zoom in 2020, gives students an opportunity to experience one another’s culture through food, music and clothing.


Students presented on six countries: Bangladesh, Philippines, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Haiti and Guyana.

Though Cultural Night 2020 was held virtually, its importance and impact were not diminished.

“I believe it is even more crucial for us, as future health professionals, to have exposure to different cultures as early in our careers as possible,” says Berthliz Durand, who presented on her native country of Haiti. “With the emergence of social media, and the world becoming increasingly more accessible, it's important for us to learn to respect other cultures, and to have a basic understanding of what cultural diversity really means.”

Cultural Night Virtual Presentation

For over 130 years, the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has continually been a leader in the education of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists, renowned for innovation in clinical practice and research. The school is accredited by the American Council of Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) and is the No. 1 ranked school of pharmacy in New York State and No. 14 in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.