AACP special taskforce white paper on diversifying our investment in human capital

Carla White, Jeannine M. Conway, Paula K. Davis, Arcelia M. Johnson-Fannin, Jeffrey G. Jurkas, Nanci L. Murphy, W. Thomas Smith, Margarita Echeverri, Sharon L. Youmans, Katie C. Owings, Jennifer L. Adams

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The 2015-2017 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Special Taskforce on Diversifying our Investment in Human Capital was appointed for a two-year term, due to the rigors and complexities of its charges. This report serves as a white paper for academic pharmacy on diversifying our investment in human capital. The Taskforce developed and recommended a representation statement that was adapted and adopted by the AACP House of Delegates at the 2016 AACP Annual Meeting. In addition, the Taskforce developed a diversity statement for the Association that was adopted by the AACP Board of Directors in 2017. The Taskforce also provides recommendations to AACP and to academic pharmacy in this white paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberS13
JournalAmerican journal of pharmaceutical education
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2017

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12. Administrative Involvement and Public Support – The Meyerhoff Scholars Program is supported at all levels of the university, one factor researchers have cited as important for the success of any intervention program. Funding partners to date include the National Science Foundation, NASA, IBM, AT&T, and the Sloan, Lilly, and Abel foundations.

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● Secure funding from the New Mexico Legislature for faculty lines, administrative support, operating costs, and student scholarships. ● Complete Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with New Mexico State University to include office space for UNM faculty at NMSU. ● Create articulation agreement with NMSU to allow Cooperative Pharmacy Program students to earn a baccalaureate degree from NMSU following the students’ second year of pharmacy school.

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A purposeful multilayered and multifaceted approach aimed at the development of a sustainable infrastructure that was conceptualized and implemented by the Office of Innovative Leadership and Diversity. Office functionality spans across the School and intersects with multiple units. Prospective Students ● Recruitment Ambassadors Program (RAP) 2008 – to executive an aggressive outreach effort, and Pre-Pharmacy Club 2009 – increase campus exposure for undergraduates and opportunities to learn through faculty and student engagement. These initiatives are managed by the Office of Student and Curricular Affairs. ● LEAD Program 2009 – an application is required based on leadership potential, intellectual vitality, community en-gagement, and academic performance. LEAD is designed to cultivate leadership abilities of participants by offering a one day experience to discover and network with trailblazers of the profession. Following LEAD, program participants receive invitations to Leadership Academy 2011-a leadership development program held over a four month period, consisting of seminars, specialized projects, and networking opportunities, and M-FLIP 2011– provides an individual-ized and highly structured mentorship between Student Pharmacists and prospective college students. These connections foster building professional relationships, and increasing access to knowledge and confidence for those pursuing a career in pharmacy. ● USDP 2013 – encourages and supports underrepresented college students seeking careers in pharmacy and the pharma-ceutical sciences. Students receive support in attaining their academic, social, and professional goals. ● Contemporary Communications in Healthcare 2013 – undergraduate course to expose learners to approaches and strategies that optimize diverse communications in healthcare. Professional Students ● Contemporary and Applied Communications in Healthcare 2015 – course elective for professional and graduate students designed to develop health communication skills across a broad range of constituents and key stake-holders. ● Cultural Competence Communication Module 2016 – principals, ethics, and skills necessary to be responsive and work effectively across cultures. ● OILD Leadership Opportunities Ongoing – Twenty seven leadership opportunities are reserved for admitted students that participated in LEAD, M’FLIP, and Leadership Academy. They serve in various roles centered around program re-finement and facilitation. Graduate Students ● Cross Cultural Leadership Development Workshops 2015 – facilitated by Pharmaceutical Science PhD Candi-dates. These workshops provide strategies on how to become a better leaders by encouraging the understanding of various cultural perspectives, providing an opportunity for self-reflection, and developing skills to implement in their professional career. The workshops are held during the pharmacy graduate program’s required division seminars. These efforts are being further developed by graduate students with faculty guidance. Postdoctoral Students ● Postdoctoral Education Fellowship 2011 – the primary focus is diversity and inclusion scholarship, ranging from institutional effectiveness to program and student-centered assessment. School Climate ● International Hour 2015 – established with School of Pharmacy Staff to celebrate the School’s rich cultures through music and food tastings. ● Inclusive Engagement Seminar Series 2016 – implemented in collaboration with Carolina Association of Pharmacy Students and the School of Pharmacy HR Dept. Both initiatives are spaces for faculty, students and staff to engage, learn, and increase opportunities for collaboration.


  • Diversity
  • Health equity
  • Human capital
  • Inclusion
  • Recruitment

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