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Diversity & Inclusion

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Drake’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences is committed to creating an inclusive community that celebrates diverse perspectives and talents.


Drake's College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has proven its dedication to diversity and inclusion since its inception.

One point of pride is alumnus Wendall C. Hill, who became Dean at Howard University and was honored as a Weaver Medalist. Huy Hoang-Nguyen was a finalist for the Next Generation Future Pharmacist Award.  

Read Drake University's commitment to diversity.

Welcoming Environment

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.

Scholarship Opportunities

The College offers generous scholarships to achieve a diverse student body.

Reisetter Scholarship
Established by alumnus Brian Reisetter. Awarded to a student who enhances the diversity goals of the College. The award is renewable for up to 4 years.

Verdun Scholarships
Established by alumnus Patrick Verdun and spouse Annette Verdun. Awarded to a student who is from a rural community or enhances the diversity goals of the College. The award is renewable for up to 4 years.

Opportunity Scholarships
Awarded to entering students with financial need who are from educationally, economically, or socially disadvantaged backgrounds or whose enrollment will significantly contribute to the diversity of the student body.

Diversity Initiatives

Required Course work/experiences:  

  • Cultural competence focus 
  • Diversity Plans
  • Diversity service learning IPPE
  • Diversity APPE requirement
  • Culture Care elective - HS students


  • Anisa's elective
  • Study Abroad/International Rotations
  • India Jterm Experience
  • Spanish for Health Care elective


  • CPHS Day presentation
  • Summer Camp

Student Organizations

CPHS student organizations are dedicated to providing support and leadership opportunities for diverse students. These student organizations include:

  • Student National Pharmacists Association
  • APhA-ASP 
  • IPSF
  • LKS

Additional 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
Latinos Unidos
NAACP Des Moines

For more information, contact the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at

CPHS Events
  • ASHP Reception
    Dec 9 | 5:30 - 7:00 PM
    Luxor Hotel and Casino Pyramid Café
  • December Commencement
    Dec 14 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Knapp Center
  • CPHS Health Professions Day (formerly PHS Day)
    Feb 27
  • College Calendar
  • University Calendar