Dean Mann's Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

Dean Mann's Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

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The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy has a long and proud history of being committed to providing a safe and welcoming space for all students.

Recognizing the values of diversity and inclusion began in the college’s earliest days. Before they even had the right to vote, women were among those pursuing careers in pharmacy at Ohio State, starting with the first class in 1885. The history for minority students is similar. The college has always welcomed African American students – and one of the college’s earliest classes included Arthur Kelton Lawrence, the son of an escaped slave and the first African American student to earn a pharmacy degree at Ohio State. Dr. Roy C. Darlington became the first black man in the nation to earn a PhD in pharmaceutical sciences in 1947 at Ohio State.

While we celebrate and are incredibly proud of our past, we continue to strive for a diverse and inclusive environment in our college today. Through our annual Diversity Week, where we host various sessions to address different topics and best practices in diversity and inclusion, to various events throughout the year hosted both by the college and the university, we celebrate what makes each of us unique, including and beyond race and gender.

At the College of Pharmacy, we realize our patients, like our students, faculty and staff, have a range of thought, experience, religion, and sexual orientation. These differences impact how patients receive, interpret and act on health information. As a college, we are working to ensure our students are ready to interact with the world around them, starting with their earliest experiences in our classrooms.


Henry J. Mann, PharmD, FCCP, FCCM, FASHP
Dean and Professor, College of Pharmacy
The Ohio State University