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.)

College of Pharmacy Support

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Quiet, Meditation, or Prayer Room

553B PHAR  (Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Building)

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Intercultural Social Hour

Pharmacy students and others who speak English confidently, along with English language learners, meet regularly to talk about cultural topics and brush up on their communication skills in a relaxed, small-group setting.

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.

Related highlights from the college's leadership symposium

Equity Begins with Us

So Together

News and Events

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion News

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PharmD Graduate Praised by Four-Star General for Vaccine Work

In her role as Director of CEO Operations at U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP), Farah Towfic, '11 PharmD, led the development of handling guidelines for frontline healthcare workers tasked with vaccinating Americans against Covid-19.

Mobile Clinic Provides Accessible Health Care

The University of Iowa Mobile Clinic is partnering with the Johnson County Department of Public Health (JCPH) in an effort to provide health care to local, underserved populations who are statistically more likely to be affected by COVID-19.
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'No Playbook' -- Polk County Health Department Director Helen Eddy

March is Women's History Month, and we proudly honor alumna Helen Eddy, director of the Polk County Health Department -- one of Iowa’s largest health departments.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Events

AAC & BGAPS Welcome Event

Thursday, August 26, 2021 4:30pm to 6:00pm
University Capitol Centre
We are happy to welcome new and returning faculty, staff, graduate and professional students, and family for an in-person gathering. There will be refreshments, music, brief remarks, and announcements of upcoming events for the semester. This is co-hosted by UI African American Council and Society of Black Graduate and Professional Students. We will be in the Center for Diversity and Enrichment in 2750 University Capitol Centre (upstairs from CVS). While wearing a mask is optional for those…
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Behind the S(cr)een: African Americans in the Entertainment Industries

Thursday, April 21, 2022 (all day)
Join us for the 2022 Obermann Humanities Symposium, Behind the S(cr)een: African Americans in the Entertainment Industries. The three-day event will take place April 21–23, 2022. This event was originally scheduled for Spring 2021 but has been postponed in the interest of public health. One of the spaces where critical work around black images happens involves what can be seen—the actual images that dance across our screen from Black-ish and The Chi to Harriet and Dear White People. But what…

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