The College of Pharmacy celebrated the diversity of its community on March 2 with the second annual Celebration of Culture.
As soon as morning classes were dismissed, students, staff and faculty headed for the lobby, where colorful tables bearing food, textiles, artwork, photographs and other items representing various cultures were on display.
Faculty, staff and students, some in costumes native to their country of origin or ancestry, beckoned everyone to enter into the celebration.
An estimated 200 people attended. Seven of our student organizations and a number of faculty and staff members did a wonderful job of sharing information, explaining traditions, and encouraging everyone to try a taste of this or that special dish. Participating organizations included SNPhA, UT AphA-ASP, MAAPS, PGSA, Pharmacy Council, UTSSHP, and APSA.
The event was sponsored by the Cultural Proficiency Committee (CPC), Pharmacy Council, and the Pharmacy Graduate Student Association with financial support from Walgreens.
The CPC is under the leadership of Dr. Carolyn Brown, professor of pharmacy administration. The group works to facilitate the college's capacity to create and maintain an environment that promotes and values diversity of people, beliefs and ideas.
"Students, staff and faculty truly enjoy this opportunity to learn about the various cultures that are represented in our college. We are already looking forward to next year's event!" said Dr. Brown.
Last Reviewed: March 3, 2010