Office of Equity and Inclusion

About the Office of Equity and Inclusion

The James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy is very intentional about our recruitment efforts to increase the number of underrepresented and first-generation pharmacy students.  Our goal is to increase educational opportunities for diverse students so that our graduating classes reflect the populations that we serve in all communities.


The Office of Equity and Inclusion is also aligned with the strategic plan for the College.  Our goal is to help the college embody cultural humility by

  • ensuring that the faculty, staff, students, and residents receive appropriate training to build a culture of respect
  • improving recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and staff;
  • creating partnerships and awareness with underrepresented minority students
  • providing support for a diverse student body

Council on Diversity

The College of Pharmacy has a Council on Diversity.   This council is responsible for promoting diversity, equity and inclusion through community outreach, partnerships, mentoring, training, data analytics, and other support programs to encourage an environment of respect for our differences & similarities within the College of Pharmacy.  The council is chaired by the diversity officer.  The Chair of this committee works with the members to make sure the projects from the committee are implemented.  The Council on Diversity has internal and external members.   External members of this committee include members from practice sites/ (retail, hospital and the PBM industry); Public school associations; the community; Cincinnati Pharmaceutical Association (CinPhA) (Minority Pharmacist Association); and the Pharm Sci research industry.  Internal members on the Council of On Diversity includes the dean, members from the admission/recruitment staff; UC Foundation staff member; faculty members; student representatives from the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (An association that serves the underserved community); Tribunal (student governance organization) and GAPSS graduate student-run program that provides opportunities for networking, research development and building relationships among graduate students. 

Diversity and Inclusion Outreach Programs and Activities

Pharmacy Preview Days

The Pre-Pharmacy Preview Day is another opportunity for prospective students to learn more about the profession of Pharmacy and the PharmD program at the University of Cincinnati. Students participate in a skills lab activity and hear from a panel of pharmacy students and pharmacists with various backgrounds.  Diverse high school students with an interest in science and math classes are encouraged to attend this event.

Pharmacy Preview Day Attendees

Career Exploration Days

The Council on Diversity High School subcommittee has reached to the community by completing several workshops. The team coordinated two Career Exploration Days for diverse high school students with Allergan Pharmaceutical company.  The students tour the facility and learn about the many careers in pharmacy. 

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The Magic of Cosmetic Science

The 4th Annual Magic of Cosmetic Science workshop is designed to give high school students an inside look at how cosmetic lotions, creams, body washes and lip gloss are made and to also foster interest in the sciences. Approximately 28 students from over a dozen local schools attended the workshop. In addition to guest speakers, there were hands-on lab sessions.


Group photo of students and teachers who attended the Magic of Cosmetic Science event

Shroder High School Intersession Days

The University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy partnered with Shroder High School, to develop a summer school intercession program.  Students engage in activities that promote personal and professional skill- development such as:  collaboration, teamwork, creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving in areas with a pharmacy focus.  This intercession program had four areas this year: Medical Math (reinforcing math skills required for science); developing Interpersonal skills for business (working on soft skills); project based learning (building critical thinking skills in science); seminar (current and relevant topics in science and medicine).   The students traveled to University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy two days during the week long program.  During their first visit, students learned about the career of Pharmacy  and they learned  they worked on an activity in our skills lab.  During their second visit to the COP, the students learned how to develop  a research project with Dr. Melinda Butsch Kovacic.  In addition, Chandra Ade-Brown informed the students about Cosmetic Science.   

Pharmacy Technician Training with Woodward High School

The College of Pharmacy is piloting a Pharmacy Technician Program with Woodward High School.  Four African American students are completing an online credential course through Pharmacy Tech University. The students are completing clinical hours at UC College of Pharmacy.  The students visit the pharmacy school’s skill lab for active learning sessions to re-enforce pharmacy skills needed to pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam.  Once certified, the students will be able to work in a pharmacy after graduating from high school.

Students from Woodward HS in the Pharmacy Technician Program

Cincinnati Pharmaceutical Association (CinPhA)

The University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy has a partnership with the Cincinnati Pharmaceutical Association (CinPhA). This is a pharmacy organization focused on the needs of the minority community. CinPhA awards scholarships based on essays that are submitted to the organization.

Students receiving CinPhA Awards

Students reciving CinPhA Awards

University of Cincinnati Scholars Program

University of Cincinnati Scholars Prep and the University of Cincinnati Scholars Program are summer enrichment programs for minority high school students.   The participants spend time learning about career paths and options, and exploring team building.   These students spend time at the College of Pharmacy learning the role of pharmacists as a member of the health care team.

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Student National Pharmacists Association/National Pharmacists Association

SNPhA/NPhA  are diverse organizations dedicated to coordinating programs that will improve the healthcare and pharmacy for the underserved and underrepresented populations.

The College of Pharmacy sponsors a Clinical Skills competition to prepare students for the Regional and National competitions.  In 2018, James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy PharmD students Brandon McCrea (‘18) and Tommy Montgomery (’19), won SNPhA’s Zone II, III, and IV regional contest.

UC 2018 CSC CompetitionSNPhA Awards

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