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College Hosts Annual Diversity Forum

Culturally Competent Care

Culturally competent care in the 21st century is the focus of the third annual diversity forum scheduled for April 16 at the College of Pharmacy. The event is styled as open forum where students, faculty, and staff are invited to share their thoughts on cultural issues and their relevance to health care.

Lourdes Cuellar, Administrative Director of Pharmacy at TIRR Memorial Hermann in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, is the keynote speaker and moderator for this year's forum that begins at noon in room 3.106 of the South Pharmacy Building.

Cuellar manages the TIRR Pharmacy, and is administratively responsible for the clinical services departments and patient safety and performance improvement departments at TIRR. She received both her B.Sc. Pharmacy and M.S. in Pharmacy Administration from the University of Houston. She is an adjunct clinical professor of pharmacy practice and administration at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy and at the University of the Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy. She serves as a preceptor for students from four of the six colleges of pharmacy in Texas and for Memorial Hermann Health System's combined MS/residency program. She is also co-editor with Diane Ginsburg of the ASHP Preceptor's Manual.  

Dr. Carolyn Brown leads the college's Cultural Proficiency Committee that sponsors the diversity forum.


Cultural Proficiency Committee Core Goals

The core purpose of the CPC is to facilitate the College's capacity to create and maintain a learning, research, and work environment (both physical and social) that promotes and values diversity of people, beliefs and ideas.

The four primary objectives of the CPC are to:

  1. promote education and training opportunities as well as college activities for faculty, staff and students in support of creating an inclusive working and learning environment.

  2. facilitate the incorporation of content and learning strategies throughout the entire curriculum to strengthen students' cultural competency.

  3. to improve two-way communications with off-campus faculty.

  4. to improve communication with families of current and prospective students as well as with the broader community by promoting the College's commitment to cultural diversity and proficiency.


Last Reviewed: April 10, 2012

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