January 17, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
1100 North University Ave
Room 1552
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

The College of Pharmacy and the MLK Health Sciences Committee invite you to attend the 2022 MLK Health Sciences Lecture, entitled: “This is America: Confronting Health Inequities...Writing Prescriptions for Change.”

The lecture will take place on January 17, 2022, from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm via Zoom. An in-person watch party will be held in the College of Pharmacy (1100 North University Building - Room 1552). Registration is required for both the virtual and in-person events. 

The keynote lecture will be delivered by Dr. Lakesha Butler, PharmD. Dr. Butler is a Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice and the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) School of Pharmacy. She is also the CEO and Founder of Dr. Lakesha Butler, LLC, a consulting agency whose mission is to disrupt and dismantle inequities and injustices in healthcare and higher education. Dr. Butler is the immediate past president of the National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA) and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Council of Sections chair-elect.

Dr. Butler’s leadership and impact spans broadly at the school and institutional level, nationally and in her community serving in various leadership roles. She is a national speaker on the topics of antiracism, diversity, equity and inclusion. She is also the co-author of numerous peer-reviewed articles including “Systemic racism: pharmacists’ role and responsibility,” “Holding pharmacy educators accountable in the wake of the anti-racism movement: a call to action,” and “Developing a framework to address health equity and racism within pharmacy education: RX-HEART.”   

Dr. Butler received her doctorate of pharmacy from Mercer University in Atlanta, GA and completed a pharmacy practice residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has received extensive leadership and DEI training and is a Certified Diversity Facilitrainer (CDFT).

The MLK Health Sciences Lecture is sponsored by the University of Michigan - School of Dentistry; School of Kinesiology; Michigan Medicine / Medical School / Office for Health Equity & Inclusion; Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research; School of Nursing; College of Pharmacy*; School of Public Health; and the School of Social Work. *Hosting unit

For information regarding campus-wide MLK events visit: https://oami.umich.edu/um-mlk-symposium/