Pharmacy Class of 2022 More Diverse Than Ever
In keeping with the University of Cincinnati’s
overall Diversity Plan, the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy is
reporting an increase in minority admissions for 2018.
According to the pharmacy college admissions office, of the
96 students accepted into incoming Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)
class of 2022, over one-third of the class (36 students) reported a
race/ethnicity other than white.
"Faculty, students, staff and alumni work hard using a
holistic approach to making decisions for admissions to the PharmD
program. The class of 2022 is reflective of the community of
patients they will provide care to in the future,” says
Andrea Wall, RPh, associate dean for student and alumni affairs and
associate professor of pharmacy practice at the college.
Over the past 6 years minority enrollment has increased to
24.8 percent in 2017, up from 15.4 percent in 2012 (per UC’s
Office of Institutional Research).
"Increasing the diversity of our student body is a goal
contained in our college’s strategic plan and we are pleased
with the progress we’ve made over the past five years,”
says Neil MacKinnon, PhD, dean of the Winkle College of Pharmacy.
That process of increasing diversity at the college began in
2003, when the college established a Diversity Council made up of
faculty, staff, students and representatives from retail and
MacKinnon created a new position at the college, the Director
of Equity and Inclusion, currently held by Pat Achoe, RPh, who
worked for the Kroger Co. for 28 years in clinical pharmacy and
pharmacy management. The position is co-funded by Kroger, where
Achoe spends part of her time on diversity training and
"Our intent at the college,” says, Achoe, "is to
develop a culture of inclusion by embracing the differences in our
thoughts and ideas and by encouraging collaboration and active
involvement with everyone.”
Also notable, MacKinnon says, is that the number of
African-American students pursuing certificates and degrees in the
college’s cosmetic sciences programs, to date, represents
approximately twenty-five percent of 114 total enrollments.
"A lot more women and men of color are seeing there is a
strong need for diversity in the pharmacy professions and
pharmaceutical industry,” says Eunice Cofie-Obeng, who is
African-American, and graduated with her master’s degree in
cosmetic sciences in August 2018.
Cofie-Obeng earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry
and molecular biology at Florida A&M (‘04), and says she
chose UC’s online graduate program because not only did she
feel it was one of the strongest curriculums in cosmetic sciences,
but that it also provided a strong foundation in the ethnic health
and beauty market.
This foundation, Cofie-Obeng says, allowed her to create a
skin care startup called Nuekie, which makes products for people of
"The college is very intentional about 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,”
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