Dean Dalton's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Vision Statement
For some, the College of Pharmacy’s efforts in diversity, equity and inclusion may seem like a new venture. They are however in fact core components of the College’s longstanding history and success. We see evidence of this every day in the College, within the pictures of previous classes that line our hallways and within the community of alumni and friends with which we interact. The College of Pharmacy at the University of Michigan has welcomed women and people of color for decades, helping them achieve their goals of becoming pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists, sometimes before they had full standing as citizens of the United States.
The College of Pharmacy continues to hold diversity, equity and inclusion as core values of who we are and what we do. We know that diversity speaks to more than just race and gender, and we strive to ensure that members of the College know that we value diversity in all its forms, including diversity of thought, experience, religion, sexual orientation, or any of the myriad other ways in which we differ. Although we are small in number, our track record shows that we function as a critical mass to achieve lofty goals. We must apply this same approach as we work together to achieve inclusion in the College.
We value our individual differences and recognize that it is these differences that broaden our perspectives on education, research, and healthcare, and that allow us to work in teams that bring multiple viewpoints to solve problems that have heretofore been unsolved. The College of Pharmacy is not just focused on today’s needs, but also on the needs of the future, including the creation of new drugs, innovative approaches for their delivery, and precision health. Preparing for the future is best accomplished by teams of people with varied experiences who excel at what they do. Being diverse in every way allows us to consider every option, to dream big, and to adjust our path forward. My goal, as dean of the College of Pharmacy, is for the college to be a place where everyone is committed to helping others (colleagues, peers, and the community at large) achieve their personal and professional goals; to leadership in pharmacy education and research; and to creating an environment where any idea or approach to an issue can be discussed and debated respectfully and openly.