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College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Antiracism Initiatives

Committee on Equity and Inclusion

The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has created and charged a new Committee on Equity and Inclusion. 

The committee consists of 16 faculty members encompassing all three College departments, at least one student representatives from all academic programs and a staff representative.  A subset of charges has been identified for the current academic year. The committee will be using the Office of Assessment to develop surveys to address the issues within their charges.

The role and charges of the committee are as follows:

  • To review College policies, in collaboration with the Office of Equity and Inclusion, to ensure that they align with St. John’s University’s mission and its commitment to equity, inclusion and antiracism.
  • To advise and co-develop the College’s Committee on Mission, Planning, Organization and Financial Resources annual goals and priorities as they pertain to equity, inclusion, and antiracism.
  • To regularly evaluate progress on the College’s goals, plans and priorities developed to actualize equity, inclusion, and belonging, ensuring that it aligns with the University’s commitment to antiracism.  The committee will submit findings and reports (once a semester) to the Faculty Council.
  • To review college admission criteria and, in collaboration with the Committee on Mission, Planning, Organization and Financial Resources, to develop proactive strategies for the recruitment and retention of historically under-represented groups.
  • To serve (chair and co-chair) as a liaison to the University’s Equity and Inclusion Council, ensuring that there is full transparency, maximum collaboration and no duplication of effort between the two committees.
  • To recommend and develop non-academic programs for CPHS faculty, staff and administrators, regarding antiracism and other issues of equity, inclusion and belonging.
  • To collaborate with the College’s Curriculum, Co-curricular, and Inter-professional Committees and departmental GERC committees to develop pertinent programming regarding antiracism, equity, inclusion and belonging.
  • To collaborate with Advancement on gifts that align with goals of this committee.

Dr. Elsen Jacob
Dr. Joanne Carroll
Dr. Corinne Alois
Dr. Louise Lee
Dr. Christine Chim
Dr. Judy Beizer
Dr. Harlem Gunness
Dr. Preety Gadhoke
Dr. Hira Shafeeq
Dr. Jennifer Bhuiyan
Dr. Chung-Shien Lee
Dr. Aaron Muth
Dr. Vivek Gupta
Dr. Sandra Beyselow
Dr. Regina Ginzburg
Dr. Joseph Etzel
Dr. Manouchkathe Cassagnol- ex-officio, voting
Ms. Diana Patino- staff representative
Pharmacy Congress President
Ms. Tolulope Omisakin (Pharmacy student representative)
Mr. Mustafa Syed (Pharmacy student representative)
Ms. Vanessa Rodriguez (Clinical Laboratory Sciences student representative)
Ms. Gabriela Velez (Physician Assistant student representative)
Mr. Onandi Lowe (Radiologic Sciences student representative)
Ms. Zara Marsh (Toxicology student representative)
Ms. Angela Saric (Toxicology student representative)




  1. The Office of Assessment is collaborating with our Assistant Dean for Community Engagement, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, Manouchkathe Cassagnol, to develop a survey of our healthcare students, alumni, and preceptors to determine the frequency and types of racist incidents that they have encountered in their practice setting.  We hope to use this data to direct our preparation of students going into the employment arena as to what they may be facing and how to address these issues.  We also plan to use this and other data to generate scholarly activity around the issue of racism in the healthcare workplace.
  2. We continue to provide diversity programs such as “The Changing Faces of Pharmacy” series where we invite a diverse group of high school students to campus (or virtually) to learn what the profession of Pharmacy entails.  We also send a team of faculty and students to local middle schools to provide healthcare programs in an effort to promote the profession and the college/university. These schools include institutions with large under-represented minority populations.