Walgreens representative Alexander Usher presented Dr. Raylene Rospond, MU vice president and dean of the MU College of Pharmacy, with a Walgreens Diversity Donation of $10,000.

College of Pharmacy awarded $10,000 diversity donation from Walgreens

During a visit to the Fort Wayne campus of Manchester University, Walgreens representative Alexander Usher presented Dr. Raylene Rospond, MU vice president and dean of the MU College of Pharmacy, with a Walgreens Diversity Donation of $10,000.

The money will be used to support efforts aimed at increasing diversity among student pharmacists.

With 17.8 percent minority students, Manchester has the most diversified student body among pharmacy schools in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan, according to 2013 figures compiled by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. At Purdue, for example, 6.4 percent of pharmacy students are identified as minority, and Butler is listed at 3.3 percent. The second highest minority student population in the three-state area is Cedarville University School of Pharmacy in southwest Ohio, at 6.9 percent.

 “Your gift makes a huge difference,” Rospond said, accepting the check. MU pharmacy students are often the sole supporters of their families and some are first-generation college students. Manchester will use the donation to provide scholarships and further develop and enhance outreach programs and campus activities to ensure diversity and inclusion within the College of Pharmacy.

Usher, Walgreens district pharmacy supervisor, said issues of diversity are important to his company. It means more than race or gender; encompassing age, religion, language and a number of other factors.

 “We only get more diverse ideas if we have diverse people,” he said. He said he is impressed with the high quality of students at the MU College of Pharmacy and its high standards. The hope is that students who have been helped themselves will in turn help young people who follow them into the profession.

For many years, Walgreens has shown a strong commitment to supporting programs and initiatives which foster diversity and inclusion within the pharmacy profession and the communities they serve. The company has donated more than $1 million each year since 2008 to accredited pharmacy schools across the nation.

December 29, 2014

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