The College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion for all of our members, and stands for inclusion and against injustice. As part of that commitment, we continue to seek for ourselves – as professionals, as individuals, as the CPHS community – what more we can to shape our College to be a welcoming environment for all and to assure equitable health care for all citizens.
As health care professionals, we also have an important role in addressing health care disparities in our various communities. To prepare future healthcare professionals to serve and address the unique needs of all populations, the CPHS incorporates cultural competency, healthcare disparity learning, and diverse learning experiences in our programs. Our alumni, faculty, students, and partners work to better serve patients from all cultures and backgrounds, which has been exemplified in the response of the CPHS family to the global pandemic.
We realize that we are a part of the solution to a wider problem - we can and will do more.
- Renae Chesnut, Dean
Drake University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Anisa Hansen, professor of pharmacy practice (2021-23)
Leslie Jackson, occupational therapy program chair and professor (2021-23)
Richelle Willams, assistant professor of athletic training (2021-23)
Cassity Guiterrez, health sciences program chair and professor (2021-23)
Sally Haack, professor of pharmacy practice (2021-23)
Jessica Lang (2021-23)
Emmeline Paintsil, PH'20 (2021-23)
Suzanne Shoemaker (HSCI)
Anya Thigpen (HSCI)
Tiya Tito (OTD)
Leah Bishop (PH)
Esmeralda Flores (PH)
Required Course Work/Experiences:
University-wide curriculum requirements meant to expose students to diverse learning experiences and foster responsible global citizenship:
Dual Degrees, Concentrations, Minors:
All course syllabi in the CPHS include the following statement:
The Drake University CPHS commits to leading the way to a healthy world in which our students and graduates can advocate for health equity. Toward that goal, the instructor(s) in this course support(s) an inclusive learning environment where diversity and individual differences are acknowledged, respected, appreciated, and recognized as a part of learning. Respect should be shown to every member of the classroom as all persons provide value through our unique perspectives as individuals. Perspectives expressed by individuals are their own and are not to represent any community. It is not expected that all individuals will agree with various worldviews expressed in the classroom. It is expected that respectful methods are utilized when issues of disagreement are discussed among class members.
The instructor(s) of this course will be open to listening to students' experiences and will work with students to find acceptable ways to process and address issues that arise in class. Suggestions on how to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within this course in a meaningful way are encouraged. Individual concerns with DEI can be discussed with any CPHS faculty or staff member. If a specific issue requires action, the issue should be addressed with the instructor and department chair.
In addition, the university information and resources listed below may be utilized:
More scholarship information:
CPHS student organizations are dedicated to providing support and leadership opportunities for diverse students. These student organizations include:
The Des Moines Area Interprofessional Education Collaborative (DMAIPEC) promotes collaboration among students from multiple health care professions to assist them in developing the necessary skills to work in a team based health care environment. Training opportunities emphasize the roles and responsibilities of health care providers in providing ethical patient centered-care. Drake University, Des Moines University, Mercy College, Des Moines Area Community College, and Grand View University collaborate to provide introductory practice experiences for students.
BullD.O.G.S. in Healthcare is a summer program hosted by the Drake University that introduces high school students to careers in the health professions. The goal of the program is to educate them about opportunities in health sciences and inspire them to explore different pathways. Participants learn the importance of diversity in the healthcare field and partake in cultural competency exercises. Funding is available to students with financial needs. Learn More
Des Moines is #4 on Vocativ's list of America's Most LGBT-Friendly Cities after Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco. The city also earns high scores on the Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index.
Des Moines provides opportunities for cultural exploration and learning through events such as I’ll Make Me a World in Iowa, CelebrAsian, and the Latino Heritage Festival.
Additional College & University Resources:
College and University DEI Reporting Resources
Drake University's Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Drake University's Commitment to Non-discrimination and Accessibility
Drake University Title IX
Des Moines Resources:
Diversity & Inclusion Committee of the Greater Des Moines Partnership
Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Iowa
Iowa Asian Alliance
Iowa Civil Rights Commission
Iowa Department of Human Rights
Iowa Pride Network
Islamic Center of Des Moines
Italian American Cultural Center of Iowa
NAACP Des Moines
For more information, contact the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at firstname.lastname@example.org.