Fostering Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Health Care Education

Photo: First-year pharmacy students learn how to overcome language barriers and communicate with diverse patient populations

Embracing diversity and serving others is baked into our DNA as a college. Our Rural Health Initiative focuses on recruiting future pharmacists from underrepresented populations and serving areas where access to health care is a chronic challenge. When I became dean of the college in 2020, it was my personal goal to make a career in health care accessible to all. From forging pathways for community college students to enter our Doctor of Pharmacy program and other health care professions, to out-of-state tuition waivers, we have made every effort to reduce the financial burden on aspiring health care providers for years to come. However, our work does not stop there. I invite all students, faculty, and staff to consider ways we can make access to health care and education more equitable and inclusive so that everyone benefits. Advocating for a more equitable and inclusive environment is not just limited to the DEI committee, but is part of everyone’s responsibility in the college.

Mark Leid, Professor and Dean
WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

DEI Mission

Create sustainable change that fosters a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion to advance human health through excellence in collaborative research, scholarship, and clinical education. Develop outstanding health care professionals and scientists while embracing and respecting diversity, equity, and inclusion.

DEI Vision

To be a leader in advancing, promoting, and protecting human health that is grounded in representing, in all dimensions, the populations it serves as an inclusive and diverse community. 

By the Numbers

Doctor of Pharmacy Students

47% 2023 graduates employed in Washington went on to work in rural or medically underserved areas
1 in 3 students are first-generation college graduates
1 in 5 students are from a small town or rural area
Caucasian 39%
Asian 34%
Hispanic/Latino 10%
Other 9%
Black/African American 6%
American Indian/Pacific Islander/Hawaiian 1%
Foreign 1%

PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences & Molecular Medicine Students

100% first-generation PhD students
65% female PhD students*
35% male PhD students*

*According to, the gender ratio for pharmaceutical scientists stands at 63% male and 37% female.

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