BLACK PHARMACY STUDENTS' ASSOCIATION
WHO WE ARE
The Black Pharmacy Students' Association, was founded in October 2020 with the vision to increase Black representation and engagement in the pharmacy profession.
Our mission is to provide a safe space for Black pharmacy students, empower them, and create a strong and extensive network. Specifically, to advocate for and support current and prospective Black pharmacy students.
Founding members, 2020
WHAT WE DO
We are working to ensure there is increased representation of Black students and staff in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (FoPPS) at the University of Alberta. Additionaly, we want to have a better representation of Black health in the curriculum to improve the health disparities that exist. Furthermore, we create opportunities for Black Pharmacy students to engage and have leadership roles to ensure there is Black representation at all decision-making levels within the student body and the Faculty.
We advocate for Black pharmacy students, staff, and the Black community. Some areas of advocacy include safe ways to report racist behaviours and for due processes to be followed, skill-based anti-racism training for all faculty members, and mental health support for students who experience racism during their pharmacy education.
We provide mentorship to prospective Black applicants and we foster a sense of community to promote recruitment, admission and retention of Black Students in the pharmacy program. In addition, we create networking opportunities for current and future Black pharmacy students with practicing pharmacists.