The University of Michigan and the College of Pharmacy are committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). I am excited to be part of the leadership team developing our next DEI strategic plan that builds on our first plan put in place in 2016.

My vision for the College is to become a change agent in the pharmacy field. The College’s commitment to DEI is rooted in both the deep literature that repeatedly outlines that diverse teams develop more creative and successful solutions to challenging problems and our deeply held respect for the dignity of each individual. We have a duty to the citizens of the state of Michigan, our nation, and the world to grow our commitment to DEI and positively impact the lives of our local, statewide, national, and international communities. 

To accomplish true equity within our school, we need to do more than recruit diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff. We also need to examine our processes and the institutional structures we have created and work to remove anything that marginalizes any member of our community – allowing all to thrive. 

Many strategic plans result in a list of tasks to accomplish, but this is insufficient. I strongly believe that our culture must be fully committed to the success of our DEI initiative and that we must hold ourselves accountable for all that we do by constantly working to reexamine our actions.

I am humbled to lead this charge and partner with our amazing University community and our alumni worldwide. Together, we can succeed and continue all that makes the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy great. Go Blue!

Vicki L. Ellingrod, PharmD, FCCP, FACNP
John Gideon Searle Professor of Clinical and Translational Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy
Professor of Psychiatry and Adjunct Professor of Psychology
Associate Director, Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR) and Director of the Education and Mentoring Group

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Tuesday, July 21, 2020