AACP and UM to Host Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Institute

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Pharmacy educators will soon have an opportunity to expand their knowledge of equity, diversity, and inclusion within the pharmacy profession and higher education. Together, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) and the University of Mississippi (UM) will host a three-day virtual Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Institute January 20-22. 

“The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy was eager to partner with AACP for this institute, as Ole Miss holds a unique obligation to do better in the area of inclusion, and we promote others to do the same,” David D. Allen, the school’s dean, said in a press release. “The goal of the institute is to encourage a system of improving the care we provide as both pharmacists and educators.”

Open to teams from pharmacy schools across the country, the institute will explore topics such as implicit bias in health care and erasing institutional biases. Participants will hear from a range of pharmacy education professionals throughout the event, which will be conducted entirely over Zoom. 

Attendees will have several discussions with their own teams and with those from other schools to develop an EDI action plan, according to the AACP.

This will be AACP’s first EDI institute since the organization’s House of Delegates passed new policies in July related to health care equity, structural racism, and pharmacy education. The new guidelines take the association’s stance “one step further by committing itself to anti-racism, seeking opportunities to eradicate structural and systemic racism, and addressing the social determinants of health,” according to the AACP. 

Those interested in attending the January institute can learn more at aacp.org/event/equity-diversity-and-inclusion-institute.