Our mission is to foster, facilitate and enhance diversity in all College of Pharmacy endeavors through education, advocacy and empowerment. We strive for the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusivity goals as articulated in the College Strategic Plan.



Diversity refers to all aspects of human difference, social identities, and social group differences.



Treating everyone equally does not mean there is equity; not everyone starts with equal access to opportunities. Equitable practices and policies reflect this reality.



Inclusion refers to a campus community where all members are and feel respected, have a sense of belonging, and are able to participate and achieve their potential.


Visit the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion site for more information about programs, policies and resources at Iowa.

Report A Concern

For complaint options (both informal and formal) and resources,
reach out to Equal Opportunity and Diversity (EOD).


Dean Donald Letendre

"The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy family is strong for many reasons, not least of all because of our diversity. We are driven by the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion for all, and are made stronger by exuding all that is good: respect, integrity, and professionalism. By doing so, we serve as a beacon of light beyond the college, university, state, and communities across the globe and become stronger than ever." 

Donald Letendre
Dean and Professor, UI College of Pharmacy

Liz Tovar

"While the University has made great strides in setting DEI standards, we are not without our challenges. I firmly believe the foundation and decisions set forth can positively impact the UI now and for years to come. I welcome the opportunity to listen to all members of the community, including underrepresented and marginalized groups, whose voices have not always been heard, and enact change where possible."

Liz Tovar
Executive Officer and Associate Vice President Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Student Resources

Education and Training

Education and Training

Individual Assessments

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Implicit Association Test

This is a test to determine hidden biases from Project Implicit at Harvard University.

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Open Mind

This interactive platform offers a set of tools to think clearly and communicate constructively across differences. (Go to the "Get Started" tab and click "Individual User" to sign up.)

Quiet (Wellness) Space

The College has dedicated a suite of rooms and nooks in the PHAR building (Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Building), the "silver tower", S553, as a rejuvenation room.  Students and staff are invited to retreat to this well-lit, serene space for spiritual reasons, to meditate, or quietly be still and take a break from your overwhelming day. There are four semi-private areas and a more private room with a high window.  No appointment is needed. The space is open to all. 


A Building For All

The new College of Pharmacy building exudes a spirit of community with a commitment to inclusivity.  The building features Universal Design -- the design and composition of an environment to be accessed, understood, and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, size, ability, or disability.   This is the first health sciences educational facility built in the United States that has embraced Universal Design since its inception.  


A Different Color for Each Floor

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A Discreet Sound System for Hearing Aids

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Designed with Users of Mobility Aids in Mind

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A System to Melt Snow at Entrances

Our Community Values

We believe that building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community means that we proactively welcome and celebrate differing backgrounds and perspectives. These differing backgrounds and perspectives are strengths and help us to work to innovate to address our communities' and patients' needs. We all play a role in fostering an open dialogue, seeking education, and working to enhance the tools and resources provided to empower our students and alumni. We believe that continuing to be dedicated to the pursuit of addressing any gaps is essential, and we work to increase the representation of differing perspectives, partnerships, furthering education related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Our Charge:

  • Create enhanced accessibility.
  • Build a community that celebrates diversity and where our students, faculty, and staff feel welcomed, recognized, respected, included, and appreciated.
  • Foster opportunities for exposure and further development of our community to help us more broadly work to promote the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion both locally and globally.

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News and Events

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion News

P1s Class of 2025

Diversity Champion Jeanine Abrons

Thursday, January 13, 2022
At the College of Pharmacy, many diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts have been led by faculty member Jeanine Abrons.
Social Justice Hands

Health Sciences Social Justice Reading Group

Monday, January 10, 2022
The Health Sciences Social Justice Reading Group was started by faculty, staff, and students interested in furthering discussions related to social justice and health equity.

Faculty 'Saw Something Special' in PhD Student

Thursday, November 11, 2021
When Onyeche Oche was choosing between multiple pharmacy graduate schools, she chose the University of Iowa because of the people.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Events

Anti-Bias Language in the Classroom

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Hello fellow faculty and TAs! Ready for a new semester? Thinking about the “right” language to use (or not use) in the classroom?  Please join us for a 1-hour Zoom presentation for UI teaching faculty and TAs as part of a series of educational opportunities that will be sponsored by the University of Iowa School of Social Work to engage in anti-racist and anti-oppressive practice. We hope that this presentation in the opening week of spring classes will offer ways to think about and practice...
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LGBTQ Safe Zone: Phase I

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 10:00am to 12:00pm
The LGBTQ Safe Zone Project is a campus-wide program that offers a visible message of inclusion, affirmation, and support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people in the university community. Phase I introduces basic LGBTQ terms and concepts, helps participants develop an appreciation for the experiences of the LGBTQ people, and brings an overall awareness of LGBTQ issues. Participants will be encouraged to think about how they can create a more inclusive environment and...
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SHPEP Iowa 2022 Info Session

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 6:00pm to 6:45pm
A free six-week Summer Health Professions Education Program with housing, meals, stipends, travel assistance, guidance and so much more? Say less! First and second year undergraduates interested in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, or public health are encouraged to apply. This session will explain eligibility requirements, the application process, and a sample SHPEP schedule. Visit shpep.org or contact monique-galpin@uiowa.edu for more info! *Note: participants MUST REGISTER to attend* https:/...
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BUILD: Beyond the Numbers

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 1:00pm to 4:00pm
The Building University of Iowa Leadership for Diversity (BUILD) initiative is an opportunity for UI faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students to gain strategic knowledge and skills to contribute to a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. By completing a series of workshops, participants will earn a certificate demonstrating their commitment as leaders for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and classroom.This introductory workshop will allow participants to understand...
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Local Libraries LIT: Jennine Capó Crucet

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Local Libraries LIT (Listen, Initiate, Talk) will feature author Jennine Capó Crucet on January 26, 2022 at 7:00 PM. This is the fifth free virtual event in the series, which is offered by public libraries in Johnson County as well as the University of Iowa Libraries and Kirkwood Community College Libraries (Iowa City Campus) with support from the Community Foundation of Johnson County and The Tuesday Agency. As the daughter of Cuban immigrants, Jennine Capó Crucet was the first person in her...
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Land and Sovereignty Acknowledgement

University of Iowa Acknowledgement of Land and Sovereignty

The University of Iowa is located on the homelands of the Ojibwe/Anishinaabe (Chippewa), Báxoǰe (Iowa), Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo), Omāēqnomenēwak (Menominee), Myaamiaki (Miami), Nutachi (Missouri), Umoⁿhoⁿ (Omaha), Wahzhazhe (Osage), Jiwere (Otoe), Odawaa (Ottawa), Póⁿka (Ponca), Bodéwadmi/Neshnabé (Potawatomi), Meskwaki/Nemahahaki/Sakiwaki (Sac and Fox), Dakota/Lakota/Nakoda, Sahnish/Nuxbaaga/Nuweta (Three Affiliated Tribes) and Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) Nations. The following tribal nations, Umoⁿhoⁿ (Omaha Tribe of Nebraska and Iowa), Póⁿka (Ponca Tribe of Nebraska), Meskwaki (Sac and Fox of the Mississippi in Iowa), and Ho-Chunk (Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska) Nations continue to thrive in the State of Iowa and we continue to acknowledge them. As an academic institution, it is our responsibility to acknowledge the sovereignty and the traditional territories of these tribal nations, and the treaties that were used to remove these tribal nations, and the histories of dispossession that have allowed for the growth of this institution since 1847. Consistent with the University's commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, understanding the historical and current experiences of Native peoples will help inform the work we do; collectively as a university to engage in building relationships through academic scholarship, collaborative partnerships, community service, enrollment and retention efforts acknowledging our past, our present and future Native Nations.

REVISED 03-05-21