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Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The WesternU College of Pharmacy is committed to strengthening our connectedness and creating an inclusive academic environment that celebrates diversity, supports equity, and enriches the quality of the educational experience. The College seeks to attract those who can offer different perspectives from marginalized and underrepresented populations regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identify, ability, or disability.

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College’s quadruple aims for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Awareness: In keeping with the educational mission, awareness includes a continual learning and widening of our horizons.

Assessment: The College firmly believes that you can only improve things that you can measure. Climate surveys, measurement of improvement are all in progress.

Action: As showcased below, the College has long been involved in DEI initiatives and is now focused on expansion.

Accountability: This last step holds us to our goals and assures we stay on track in implementing our initiatives.


  • DEI Presentations to the COP Faculty, Staff and Postdoctoral Researcher

    FOD Seminar: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Culture Change
    Presented by: Melissa Durham, PharmD, MACM, APh
    September 30, 2021

    FOD Seminar: Implementation Strategies of DEI within Pharmacy Culture and Curriculum
    Presented by: Lakesha M. Butler, Clinical Professor, Pharmacy Practice, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
    December 16, 2021

  • Action

  • Diversity Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

    To the extent that funds are available, the admissions committee will recommend diversity-based scholarships to deserving individuals who meet our criteria as outlined below:

    • Scholarships are available to students regardless of race or ethnicity, who are underrepresented (<20% representation) within our program. Students who have an expressed commitment to or a demonstrated record of service to underserved or underrepresented populations will be eligible for diversity-based scholarships.
    • Some diversity-based scholarships will be based on geographic location identified as underserved in terms of pharmaceutical care.
    • Diversity-based scholarships will be offered only to those who meet and maintain our published academic quality standards.
    • Any recipient of a diversity-based scholarship will be required to participate in graduate surveys to assist us in assessing the impact of this scholarship on meeting our educational and societal goals as described in our Mission.
    • The recipient must have secured his/her seat in the class and must be an entry-level (PharmD Year 1) student.
    • Awardees may receive up to two disbursements for a single award.
  • The Robinson Celebrating Diversity Endowed Scholarship

    The Robinson Celebrating Diversity Endowed Scholarship recognizes PharmD students who engage in meaningful efforts to support diversity and eliminate barriers to any marginalized or underrepresented population. Creating an inclusive environment enriches the educational experience for all who attend WesternU. This scholarship is available to the student who best meets the following criteria as determined by College of Pharmacy Awards Committee:

    • Has made tangible commitments to underrepresented or disadvantaged populations
    • Has a demonstrated record of service that promotes an inclusive academic environment
    • Has worked to remove barriers to access, resources, and opportunities for the underrepresented or disadvantaged
    • Has promoted a campus culture that is welcoming to all and believes that everyone is valued, respected and able to reach their full potential
    • Has met and maintained our published academic quality standards
    • Will commit to participate in graduate surveys to assist in assessing the impact of this scholarship on meeting the College of Pharmacy’s educational and societal goals as described in its mission

    Robinson Diversity Celebrating Endowed Scholarships are available to students regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, or disability.

  • The Walgreens Diversity & Inclusion Excellence Scholarship

    Criteria: The following are the criteria established by Walgreens in agreement with the Scholarship Recognition and Awards Committee:

    • Student must have an interest in community pharmacy.
    • Student must have a minimum overall 2.75 GPA.
    • Student must not be a previous recipient of the Walgreens Diversity & Inclusion Excellence Scholarship.
    • Student embraces diversity and promotes diversity and inclusion initiatives on campus *or* represents and underrepresented group in pharmacy.
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    Essential Medical Spanish for Pharmacists Program/Consultation

    The Essential Medical Spanish for Pharmacists Program/Consultation provides essential Spanish for pharmacy consultation. The course includes online modules, didactic, and interactive learning. The course provides modules in cultural sensitivity and Spanish medical terminology. Students enrolled in this elective will facilitate workshops in Spanish consultation for beginner, intermediate, and advanced learners.

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    College of Pharmacy marketing photos taken in May 2019.

    Accountability Our Successes

    In RxBound Magazine, we highlight our efforts at reaching out and informing the youth in our diverse communities about the vast opportunities that await them in pharmacy and the health professions.

    Local students are inspired to become pharmacists or health care professionals when they participate in pharmacology exercises at the WesternU College of Pharmacy Compounding Lab during Palomares Day.

    College DEI Task Force

    The Task Force works as a team and includes individuals who represent the commitment and spirit of DEI and espouse its values. Each member leads a specific area to collectively fulfill the COP’s 4-step approach to expanding DEI initiatives in the College.


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    Anandi Law

    Chair, DEI Task Force

    Professor / Associate Dean for Assessment

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    Benito Machado


    Manager of Early Assurance and Pathway Programs

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    Ebony Spinks


    Assessment Associate

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    Emmanuelle Schwartzman


    Professor / Director, Residency and Fellowship Training

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    Patricia Carrillo

    Experiential Education

    Office of Experiential Education Operations and Rotations Director, APPE

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    LaDonna Tucker


    Fiscal Operations Manager

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    David Sanchez


    Associate Professor

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    Mark Iannuzzo

    Student Council

    Assist Dean of Student Affairs Director of Student Services

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    Daniel Robinson

    Development and External Relations

    Professor, Pharmacy Practice and Administration