Diversity and Inclusion: Our Aspiration

The School aspires to be an inclusive community of people, and has the core value that a diversity of views, genders, races, ethnic backgrounds, and experiences of its faculty, staff and students is vital to allow the school to execute its mission to develop leaders who have a positive impact on human health worldwide.

The primary mission of the Office of Organizational Diversity and Inclusion is to recruit, retain, and develop the next generation of pharmacy leaders. We envision a school that reflects, in all its dimensions, the population it serves.

Our Framework

  • Priority I: Recruit Diverse Talent
  • Priority II: Prepare Culturally Responsive Professionals
  • Priority II: Build an Inclusive Community

Our Process


Leadership Excellence and Development (LEAD) 

Program Description

LEAD is a dynamic and multifaceted one-day program designed to inspire and develop a diverse generation of leaders primed to serve a global society. LEAD cultivates the leadership abilities of participants by offering them opportunities to explore and network with trailblazers of the profession.

Program participants will benefit from:

  • Networking with leading clinicians and researchers in the field of pharmacy;
  • Engaging with current pharmacy students and faculty through discussion panels and activities to learn more about the increasingly critical role of pharmacy in healthcare;
  • Gaining the competitive edge in preparing for a career in pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences and your future.


Mentoring Future Leaders in Pharmacy (MFLIP)

Program Description

M-FLIP provides an individualized and highly structured mentorship between Student Pharmacists and prospective college students. These connections foster building professional relationships, and increasing access to knowledge and confidence for those pursuing a career in Pharmacy


Leadership Academy

Program Description

Leadership Academy is a leadership development program geared toward HS and college students and those with a prior degree consisting of seminars, specialized projects, and networking opportunities. This program is designed to build a diverse cohort of creative, confident, caring, and critical thinking leaders. The program expands on opportunities provided to LEAD participants. LEAD serves as an introduction to the profession and careers in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences.


      • Orientation: Cross-Cultural Communication and Patient Care (PY1 year)
      • PHCY 501 On Becoming Cross-Cultural Interactions I: Creating an Inclusive School Culture (PY1 year)
      • PHCY 617 Patient Care Experience I- Cross-Cultural
        Interactions II: Implicit Bias and Health Disparities (PY2 year)
      • PHCY 718 Patient Care Experience II  Cross-Cultural Interactions III: Patient Perspectives and Skill Development (PY3 year)
      • Faculty Development:



The Office of Organizational Diversity and Inclusion

carla_whiteCarla White

Associate Dean, Organizational Diversity and Inclusion
Clinical Assistant Professor
(919) 966-7571

Ami_PatelAmi Patel

Program Manager
(919) 966-7634