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.

News and Events

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion News

Eddy Airiohuodion

Celebrating Black History Month with Eddy Airiohuodion

Eddy Airiohuodion, '17 PharmD and Genesis Board member, is passionate about many things:...
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From English Teacher to Pharmacist, Yury Kim Finds Perfect Fit

When Yury Kim started college in Seoul, South Korea, she enrolled in classes to become an English teacher, eventually completing a bachelor’s degree in language instruction.
2020 Zada Cooper Student Leadership Award Recipients Announced

2020 Zada Cooper Student Leadership Award Recipients Announced

The Zada Cooper Leadership Committee proudly presents the 2019-2020 recipients of the Zada Cooper Student Leadership Award.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Events

UI Latinx Council Monthly "Meet & Eat"

Online via Zoom

Latinx Council Monthly Meeting Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Online via Zoom

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