Student Entrance Scholarships
Thanks to generous donors, the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy has launched two new scholarships for self-identified Black or Indigenous students.
Rexall ICARE Award for Black and Indigenous Students
This $3,000 award will support self-identified Black or Indigenous students at the LDFP who exemplify Rexall’s values of integrity, customer-first, accountability, respect and excellence.
Ian Stewart / Shoppers Drug Mart Award for Black Pharmacy Students
This award will support a Black student entering the first year of the PharmD program who is committed to community volunteering and has demonstrated financial need.
In addition, current faculty and staff have made personal contributions to establish the following awards:
- The Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy Faculty and Staff Undergraduate Award for Black and Indigenous Students will create a $25,000 endowment
- The Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy Staff and Faculty Graduate Award for Black and Indigenous Students will create a $50,000 endowment that will award $1,000 and $2,000 to students, respectively, every year in perpetuity.
Contributions made by faculty and staff have been be matched by the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy.
Faculty hiring process
The Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy recently instituted changes in the faculty hiring process to further prioritize EDI. Search committees now typically include racialized members, gender diversity, and faculty and staff at different professional levels, all of whom must complete unconscious bias training. Advertisements focus on excellence and diversity, use inclusive and gender-neutral language and emphasize the Faculty’s commitment to EDI.
Candidates are asked to include a statement discussing past, current and planned contributions to equity and diversity, and the committee is instructed to keep an EDI lens throughout the selection process and consider non-traditional career paths. The interview process includes public research and teaching talks, as well as meetings with diverse groups of stakeholders and the selection committee.
These changes to the hiring process will increase fairness in recruitment, compensation, and faculty and leadership development opportunities.
Pharm Sci for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (PSEDI)
Works to address EDI issues that affect graduate students in pharmaceutical sciences at the Faculty, by providing supports and resources and coordinating events, including town halls.
The student group for LGBTQ+ individuals and allies at the Faculty, organizing educational and social events that are open to all students, and sharing resources and information through social media.
Pharmacy Awareness of Indigenous Health (PAIH)
Increases awareness of Indigenous health and cultural competence among student pharmacists. This group also shares resources to educate students about barriers that Indigenous people often face in health care and has partnered with Indigenous organizations to deliver education.