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Diversity and Inclusion

About Diversity and Inclusion in the College of Pharmacy

The policy of the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy is to ensure equal opportunity. The Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy, in compliance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations and national accreditation requirements, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, handicap, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to admissions, employment, financial aid and educational services.

What is Diversity?

Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy recognizes that diversity includes the characteristics of race, ethnicity, national origin, language, education, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, socio-economic status, income, background, geographical location, work experience, age, physical and emotional abilities/qualities, nontraditional medical beliefs and practices, religious beliefs, political views, or other ideologies. It is the exploration of these differences that ensure a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual. The concept of diversity entails acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique and recognizing our individual differences. Diversity encompasses, therefore, knowing how to relate to those qualities and conditions that are different from our own, and to welcoming and supporting individuals from all groups. Given that categories of difference are not always fixed but also can be fluid, we respect individual rights to self-identification and we recognize that no one culture is intrinsically superior to another. As healthcare professionals, our behaviors and actions are guided by respect for others and are demonstrated by being considerate, courteous, and professional.

Our Commitment to Diversity

Diversity is an integral element of the College’s mission to prepare a diverse student body for the practice of pharmacy as competent, caring, ethical professionals dedicated to the profession of optimal patient and pharmaceutical care. While engaged in didactic activities, experiential rotations and service-learning exercises, our students practice in an educational atmosphere that reflects the ethnic and cultural make up of our society. We promote open expression of our individuality and our diversity within the bounds of courtesy, sensitivity, confidentiality, and respect. We strive to create and maintain a climate in which the uniqueness of each individual is valued, and where everyone is treated with fairness, dignity and respect. We believe our diversity cultivates a wealth of perspectives, creating a dynamic academic environment that fosters ingenuity and excellence. As the College community, we aim to continually educate and train our members so that we can effectively serve a multicultural community. We recognize that each individual's effort is vital to achieving the mission and goals of the College. By working together as members of the College community, we can enhance the excellence of our institution.

  • Diversity in all staff, volunteers, and audiences, including full participation in programs
  • Promoting and supporting an environment where all people can work and learn together in an atmosphere free of unfair or demeaning treatment.
  • Equitable treatment and elimination of discrimination in all its forms
  • The enforcement of policies that promote the fulfillment of these principles.
  • Making the College a more open and inviting place for all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members by recognizing that this requires a sustained, substantive effort by all stakeholders, and continuous monitoring and evaluation.
  • Individual and organizational efforts to build respect, dignity, fairness, caring, equality, and self-esteem
  • Embracing cross-cultural diversity – we are adaptable, anti-racist, accept cultural differences and open to new experiences
  • Creating an environment that is inclusive of all
  • Creating and maintaining an environment that respects diverse traditions, heritages, and experiences
  • Enhancing a supportive environment for diversity including the scholarly dialogue on diversity

Implementing our vision of diversity is an ongoing and dynamic process that shapes students before, during, and after their time at the College of Pharmacy.

Diversity Initiatives

Our initiatives include, but are not limited to:

  • Taking measures to ensure the presence and participation of under-represented minorities within our community of students and scholars
  • Emphasizing the importance of a broad diversity of perspectives when admitting students
  • Affirming inclusion of diverse perspectives in the curriculum
  • Strongly considering diversity in hiring faculty and staff
  • Forming a Diversity Advisory Group, which continues to work on initiatives that keep diversity at the forefront of dialog and action at the school
  • Continue to recruit, retain and graduate greater numbers of ethnic minority students
  • Promoting a greater understanding and effectiveness of diversity, and engaging communities in the dialogue
  • Developing better strategies for improving and tracking the use of minority (HUB) vendors
  • Incorporating diversity into the strategic planning
  • Developing a climate amongst faculty that they are invested in the success of all students
  • Addressing entrenched attitudes that negatively affect recruitment and retention of women and faculty of color
  • Integrating the concept of diversity into multiple messages
  • Building pathways and pipelines for diversity
  • Identifying benchmark by which to measure our diversity efforts

Diversity Leadership Council

Since 2006, the mission of the Texas A&M Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy is to provide a comprehensive pharmacy education in a stimulating, learning-intensive, student-centered environment to prepare a diverse student body for the practice of pharmacy as competent, caring, ethical professionals dedicated to the provision of optimal pharmaceutical care through a balanced program of education, research and service. A diversity vision statement was developed to guide the diversity efforts in the College. Subsequently, a Diversity Leadership Council and a Cultural Diversity Committee were established to promote/improve accountability and to highlight/celebrate diversity and inclusion, respectively.

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Juan Bustamante
Committee Chair

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Ramey Benfield

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Lindsey Edrington

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Zakaria Abd Elmageed

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Stephen "Eric" Grayson

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Denise Hornsby

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Jayshree Mishra

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Victoria Pho

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Shelia Robinson

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Eza Ali

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Joseph Nnani

Cultural Diversity Committee

The Cultural Diversity Committee (Multicultural Pharmacy Association)'s vision is to encourage and promote pharmacy and cultural diversity, awareness, and acceptance within the College and the surrounding communities in which we live and work. The mission of CDC/MPA is to assist the Office of Institutional Advancement in developing, implementing, and supporting programs that will have a positive impact and inspire more diversity and pharmacy within the College and surrounding communities, with funds provided by the Walgreens Diversity Initiative.

Dr. Narendra Kumar

Dr. Narendra Kumar
Faculty Advisor
Phone: 361.221.0774
narendra08@tamu.edu

Eva Bennett

Eva Bennett
Staff Advisor
Phone: 361.221.0610
bennett.eva@tamu.edu

Ashmal Ali

Ashmal Ali
President

Marium Jafri

Marium Jafri
Treasurer

Jacquelyn Parmenter

Jacquelyn Parmenter
Secretary

Jenny Ly

Jenny Ly
Multicultural Affairs

Madyson Stubbs

Madyson Stubbs
Cultural Education

Dania Kobeissi

Dania Kobeissi
Activities

Tanya Trinh

Tanya Trinh
Historian

Brooke Spann

Brooke Spann
Fundraising

Ezra Ali

Ezra Ali
College Station Liaison

Christiana Winters

Christiana Winters
College Station Liaison

Cultural Diversity Committee Events

The Cultural Diversity Committee sponsors and participates in a variety of educational, cultural and social events throughout the year, to promote and celebrate diversity both on campus and in the pharmacy profession.

  • Cultural Diversity Committee's General Meetings
  • Cultural Diversity Committee's Annual Healthcare Colloquium
  • Cultural Diversity Committee's 1st Annual Mr./Ms. College of Pharmacy
  • Student Organization Fair
  • Regional Health Fairs

Diversity Statistics

Students, Classes 2019 to 2022

data for the current class, available in text below

Ethnicities represented

32% Asian
8% Black
30% Hispanic
2% Multiple
1% Native American
29% White

Age

Average age: 26
Age range: 18 to 54

Education

66% Bachelor's
3% Master's
1% Associate's

Residency 

97% Texas
37% South Texas

Gender

57% Female
43% Male

Data taken from the 2018 Diversity Report

Former Students

Ethnicity Data Students, Classes 2015 to 2018 Students, Classes 2016 to 2019 Students, Classes 2017 to 2020
Hispanic 33.4% 32.52% 29%
White 24.7% 21.51% 22% 
Asian 35.5% 35.21% 40% 
Black  5.3% 5.87% 7%
Other 1.1% 4.89% 2%

Involvement in a recognized student organization offers an opportunity to explore new ideas, advocate for your beliefs, grow and develop beyond your bounds, and make lasting friendships. Research has also shown that student involvement directly correlates to academic success. For these reasons the Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity encourages all students to take part in a student organization which will expose them to new thoughts, diverse cultures, and different people.

Texas A&M University Resources

A&M International Fellowship
African American Student Leadership Institute (AASLI)
African Students Association
Aggie International Ambassadors
Aggieland Mariachi
Brazilian Students Association
Chinese Students and Scholars Association 
Chinese-American Association
Colombian Student Association
Egyptian Student Association
ExCEL
Hispanic Presidents Council 
IAESTE Texas A&M 
India Association
Indian Students Association 
Indonesian Students Association
Institute for the Development and Education of Asian American Leaders
International Graduate Student Association 
International Student Association 
Korean Student Association 
Malaysian Student Association 
Maximizing Educational Development through Academic and Leadership Skills (MEDALS)
Mexican Student Association 
Persian Student Association
Philippine Student Association 
Saudi Students House
Society for International Studies
Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music & Culture Amongst Youth at Texas A&M 
Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference (SBSLC) 2017 
Sri Lanka Association
Taiwanese Student Association 
Texas A&M Chinese Student Association
Texas A&M Hong Kong Student Association
Texas A&M Thai Student Association
Turkish Student Association
Vietnamese American Student Association 
 

Disability

Disability Services

Nationality

International Programs 
Jordan Institute 

Religion

Campus Ministry

Sexual Orientation

Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Resource Center
Aggie ALLIES
LGBTQ Aggies

 Women/Gender

Women’s Resource Center
Women's and Gender Studies

 

Texas A&M University-Kingsville Resources

Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) – to show and help others to love based on faith.

Catholic Student Organization (CSO) – encourage leadership and fellowship in the community through religious activities.

Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship – Christian based organization that helps students go through pressures and stresses.

College Republicans – promote politics and show the importance of voting.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes – influence in sports, helping each other grow in faith and impact as many lives as possible.

Indian Student Association (ISA) – help Indian students adjust to TAMUK and community and increase cultural awareness.

International Student Organization – help international students adjust to TAMUK and promote interpersonal and intercultural communication.

MANNRS – minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources & Related Sciences – promote professional development & social networking.

Mexican American Engineers & Sciences – success and expansion of Mexican Americans in the field of Eng. Technology and Sciences.

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) – increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers and have a positive impact in the community.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) – encourage Hispanic students to become successful professionals and exemplary members of their community.

Women of Diversity – promote standards of excellence in morality, ethics and education

For more information regarding these councils and committees please contact the Student Activities Office by phone at 361-593-2760 or on their website at http://www.tamuk.edu/osa/.