Building & Sustaining an Inclusive Community Cultural Awareness & Understanding Cultural understanding is the ability to interact skillfully and successfully with people from diverse cultural communities. Cultural awareness is the trait needed to be aware of differences in the broad meaning of “culture”. Cultural differences go beyond race and ethnicity and can be found in many areas (rural vs. urban, socioeconomic, age, etc.). To move towards a more culturally aware community, we must first recognize and understand the cultural awareness of ourselves. To fully appreciate difference in others, we must work towards understanding our own cultural beliefs and biases and how that impacts our view of others and the world around us. The basis of encouraging our students, staff and faculty to become more culturally aware is founded in our goal and vision of inclusivity. The School of Pharmacy believes strongly in creating inclusive learning and working environments for all members of our community. INCLUSION is the action of connection, involvement and empowerment, where the inherent worth and dignity of all people are recognized. An inclusive school promotes and sustains a sense of belonging and community; it values and practices respect for the talents, beliefs, backgrounds, experiences and ways of living of its members. The School of Pharmacy is continually working to implement inclusive practices in every aspect of the work we do. Admissions The School of Pharmacy strives to promote cultural awareness, mindfulness, and diversity of experiences/backgrounds to create inclusive learning and working environments. We actively seek candidates who exemplify cultural awareness and understand what it truly means to be mindful of differences. Ombuds Office The Ombuds Office is an independent office that facilitates understanding, communication, and resolution to faculty and staff in a confidential manner. The Ombuds can provide a comfortable, confidential environment for conflict management where interpersonal and professional difficulties can be aired.