Equity, 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.

Diversity and Inclusion Objectives

Recruitment and Retention.
Recruitment and Retention

Recommending strategies to increase the number of students, faculty, staff, mentors and preceptors from underrepresented backgrounds is an ongoing priority.

Curriculum Enhancement.
Curriculum Enhancement

Our school’s new curriculum incorporates current thinking on health disparities, social determinants of health, and cultural competence in PharmD and pharmaceutical sciences courses.

Underrepresented in Pharmacy Mentorships

This mentorship program connects Underrepresented in Pharmacy (UIP) students with UIP alumni who provide guidance and mentorship in students’ academic and professional pursuits.
Find a mentor

Underrepresented Student Scholarships

Scholarships are available for students from traditionally underrepresented groups who are pursuing a degree in pharmacy and meet certain eligibility criteria. 

View underrepresented student scholarships

Wellness Clinics and Career Mentorship.
Wellness Clinics and Career Mentorship

This growing program establishes student wellness clinics and student direct career mentorship in local underserved communities, with experiences included in the school’s new curriculum.

Global and Community Outreach

Explore our global and community outreach initiatives that foster health care leadership in populations locally, nationally and internationally. 

Learn more about our global and community outreach initiatives

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.

Meet the committee

PharmDiverse Speaker Series

Our PharmDiverse speaker series brings together experts and leaders to inspire, educate, and empower all members of our SPPS community to embrace diversity and champion inclusivity. 

Learn more about the speaker series

A Message from the Assistant Dean, Inclusive Excellence

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 who are more equitable and inclusive. When we all do our part to be mindful and treat each other with respect, our school and humanity benefits.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me anytime to share your thoughts, feelings and ideas. Together, we can create a more inclusive community.

Kalpesh Desai, PharmD
Assistant Dean, Inclusive Excellence
UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Upcoming Events

University-Wide Diversity and Inclusion Events

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Student Life Intercultural and Diversity Center Events

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