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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment.  We believe that health sciences education must reflect the diverse patients and communities served by our faculty, staff, learners, patients, and partners. We seek to advance a vibrant, welcoming, and culturally diverse community that enhances our learning environment, promotes innovation, and leads to equitable, quality care for all. 

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The Work We Are Doing

AACP Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Institute

In 2021, a team of faculty members from the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences attended the inaugural American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Institute. In this “train-the-trainer" model, institutional teams collaborate with other teams from across the country to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism efforts at individual institutions and throughout academic pharmacy. 

Institutional Assessment

To ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion is ingrained in all of our educational, clinical, programmatic endeavors, the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is currently conducting a comprehensive needs assessment in this area. This project is in collaboration with our external partner Gifted by Design Leadership & Consulting, LLC., to aid in providing an objective profile of the current environment. Findings from this assessment will aid in identifying areas or improvement and creating a measurable action plan for implementation and enhancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.  

Summer Health Professions Education Program

Since 2017, Sullivan University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has served as a partner for the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) at the University of Louisville Health Sciences Center. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, SHPEP is a free, 6-week residential program for first- and second-year college students interested in exploring a career in the health professions. SHPEP’s goal is to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in the health professions and prepare them for a successful application and matriculation to health professions schools.  Ultimately, the program helps to ensure a diverse workforce and equitable access to health care for all communities. 

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) at the University of Louisville, introduces prospective medical, dental, nursing, and pharmacy scholars to the academic rigors of health professions education. Scholars will use team-based learning to integrate and apply the basic and social sciences centered on two major themes: Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease. Scholars will work in inter-professional collaborative teams to develop and implement treatment plans with dental/medical/nursing/pharmacy applications. Major program emphasis focuses on personal and professional development, including study strategies, career planning, and clinical exposure to the health professions. Concepts of health policy and equity will be interwoven throughout the academic core with experiential health policy components. Scholars will leave the program with a clear understanding of the admissions process, a better understanding of health policy and a new level of enthusiasm and motivation to do well in the upper-level science courses, and in doing so increasing their chances of obtaining their goal of becoming a health care professional.

Applications are open November 1 – February 5 at

For specific questions about the SHPEP pre-pharmacy track, please contact Dr. Katie Leslie, Co-Principal Investigator for the University of Louisville SHPEP.