School of Pharmacy
The University of Mississippi

Students recite the pledge of professionalism

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

At the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, we believe that the advancement of diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in our school, research centers and society will strengthen the health and wellbeing of our communities. As such, we are dedicating committees, programs, health events and other activities that represent various backgrounds within our school to bring forth an inclusive culture and better health outcomes.


UM Pathways to Equity SOP Equity in Action Plan
UM Diversity and Community Engagement Website UMMC Office of Diversity and Inclusion Website


Donna Strum

Message from Dean Donna Strum

The School of Pharmacy is dedicated to equity, diversity and inclusion throughout pharmacy education, research and the profession. As dean of the School of Pharmacy, I am deeply committed to ensure the collective and ongoing initiatives that are outlined in our action plan are woven into the school’s mission. We want our school to continue supporting a welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone. The school, university, profession and public health as a whole will benefit from a thriving diverse community and the elimination of health disparities.


Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The committee will promote an inclusive learning and work environment, evaluate school climate and develop proposed interventions, assess and support efforts in recruiting a diverse student population and employee workforce, and work with the Curriculum Committee to prepare students in caring for a diverse population.

Diversity and Inclusion Committee Members 2022-2023
Paul Boudreau  Joh’nis Randall
Meagan Brown Leigh Ann Ross 
Billy Brown Jameika Stuckey
Alexcia Carr Yi Yang 
Sherrie Gussow Ryan Yates 
Katie McClendon


EDI Institute with AACP

The school has partnered with the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy to host the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Institute. Designed to support schools and colleges of pharmacy, the workshop focuses on critical areas of diversity and their impact on patient care. Attendees hear keynote presentations, chats with experts and panel talks. Schools benefit from the sessions along with discussions with colleagues to develop their own EDI action plan. 

Read from AACP: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Institute Committed to Change

2023 Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Institute

EDI Institute Team 2022
Meagan Brown Kris Harrell
Alexcia Carr  Jameika Stuckey
Crystal Chancellor  Noa Valcarcel 
Laurie Fleming


Student Organizations and Partners

Student National Pharmaceutical Association, UM Chapter

Magnolia State Pharmaceutical Society

Mississippi Society of Health-System Pharmacists DEI

National Pharmaceutical Association

American Society of Health System Pharmacists DEI Task Force

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy EDI Initiatives

American College of Clinical Pharmacy Health Equity PRN

International Society from Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research Diversity Policy

American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists DEI Committee


Preferred Admission Program

The Preferred Admission Program provides prioritized admission to the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy for pre-pharmacy students who excel in their academic performance at participating Mississippi institutions of higher learning. The program allows students to complete pre-pharmacy requirements closer to their desired location before enrolling in professional program at the UM, as well as creates partnerships with other Mississippi universities to train quality pharmacists for our state.

Participating Institutions


Disability Services

Pharmacy students seeking reasonable accommodations with verified disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) should contact the Office of Academic and Student Affairs. The School of Pharmacy will work in conjunction with the Office of Student Disability Services to ensure reasonable accommodations are met.

To view the University of Mississippi’s official policies and procedures for students with disabilities, please visit or call 662-915-7128 for voice phone or 662-638-0379 for video phone.

Students on both the Oxford and Jackson campuses may use disability services on the Oxford campus.


Report a Bias Incident

Student Support

Title IX



CVS Bilingual Scholarship: Interested in community practice and preference is given to students with experience working with underserved populations and Spanish speaking students.

Walgreens Diversity Scholarship: Involvement in activities promoting diversity and serving minority populations and plans to pursue community pharmacy career path.

Walgreens Multilingual Scholarship: Use of multilingual ability in the community or at outreach events and plans to pursue community pharmacy career path.


Student Body Diversity Policy

The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy is committed to encouraging diversity in its student body and to graduating professionals dedicated to the delivery of compassionate pharmaceutical care to all segments of the diverse population in their community. The school’s goals are developed to ensure that this commitment is manifested in all aspects of student life so that students are provided access to educational opportunities and social programs that are free from bias. The School of Pharmacy expects that all students, faculty, and staff will be treated fairly without regard to race, age, color, gender, religion, national origin, and sexual orientation, marital, handicapped, or veteran status.

School of Pharmacy Vision, Mission and Core Values