Diversity & Inclusion

The Pharmaceutical Sciences Division is committed to creating an inclusive learning and research environment that is welcoming for all students, staff, and faculty. Cultivating an inclusive community focused on inquiry, respect, diversity, and dedication to talent development is a cornerstone of the School of Pharmacy’s strategic plan. We recognize that diversity encourages creativity, innovation, and research productivity. Our students, staff, and faculty come to UW–Madison from across the country and around the world.

In the School of Pharmacy and across the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus there are many mechanisms that bolster our division’s diversity and inclusion efforts. Lisa Imhoff is the School of Pharmacy’s Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She organizes programing to educate faculty, students and staff about racism, inclusion, fostering diversity, and promoting equality; and promotes safe spaces for discussion of varied lived experiences. She also co-chairs multiple committees within the School of Pharmacy that focus on climate and inclusivity. The School of Pharmacy was honored to be a recipient of a 2023 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award in recognition of our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Several campus centers and services also provide support to trainees, faculty, and staff on campus and provide them a chance to connect, share experiences, learn, and engage with the greater Madison community. A list of opportunities including workshops, initiatives and other activities that promote inclusion can be found at UW’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Post-doctoral fellows can also utilize resources available through both UW–Madison’s Office of Postdoctoral Studies and the UW–Madison Postdoctoral Association for support and career/personal development opportunities. The School of Pharmacy participates in the Science and Medicine Graduate Research Scholars program (SciMed GRS), which is a unique program offering professional development, community resources, and funding opportunity for students from groups underrepresented in the sciences. We also invite you to explore our Student Experience page for additional information about groups and other resources available to support students and others on campus.

Because hate, bias, or other behaviors that negatively impact individuals or the community should not be a part of the Wisconsin experience, there are multiple resources for reporting incidents and getting help. Some examples are provided below, and Lisa Imhoff along with other school leaders are also available to provide guidance. If you see something, we encourage you to say something.

UW–Madison Statement on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW–Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinions enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, & diversity as inextricably linked goals. The University of Wisconsin–Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background – people who as students, faculty & staff serve Wisconsin and the world.