Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion.

We, as the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, find racism, racial injustice, inequity and discrimination towards any group intolerable and unacceptable. It falls on every one of us -- faculty, staff, students and community -- to work together to eliminate racism and discrimination.

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences complies with all non-discriminaton policies at the University at Buffalo.

A Message from the Director of Diversity Initiatives

Kalpesh Desai.

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 our school to feel they are welcome, respected and included. 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 watch for upcoming forums throughout the year for opportunities to share your thoughts, feelings and ideas. And do not hesitate to reach out to me anytime. Together, we can create a more inclusive community.

Sincerely,
Kalpesh Desai
kalpeshd@buffalo.edu
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

Incorporate health disparities and cultural competence in future PharmD and pharmaceutical sciences courses
New for Spring 2021: Health Care Inequities from a Pharmacist Perspective

Developed mentorship program for Underrepresented in Pharmacy (UIP) students by UIP alumni
View a list of our UIP mentors

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

Our Diversity and Inclusion Committee is composed of faculty, staff, students, alumni and preceptors from diverse backgrounds and cultural experiences, representing both the PharmD and the pharmaceutical sciences programs

Upcoming Events

University-Wide Diversity and Inclusion Events

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Student Life Intercultural and Diversity Center Events

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