The night of June 28, 1969, marked the beginning of an uprising of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Patrons of the Stonewall Inn in New York City resisted arrest by police during a raid and started a riot that lasted two days. At the front lines of defying arrest and fighting for equality were many people of color. How far have we come since that day!
And yet, so much more needs to be done to afford all of us, no matter our sexual orientation, our sexual identity, our skin color or our gender expression, the same rights, recognition and equality. We celebrate this month to commemorate the brave resistors of inequality who started the LGBTQ+ movement.
As pharmacists, educators and professionals, we have a moral responsibility to serve all patients and provide them with the best possible care. This includes listening to the unique concerns of LGBTQ+ patients to address health care inequalities, breaking down discriminatory barriers and dispelling stigma and misconceptions. By treating everyone with equal kindness and respect, pharmacists can continue the movement started 50 years ago to ensure inequality does not have a place in our communities.
As June marks the national recognition of Pride Month, leadership in the UF College of Pharmacy, as well as the LGBTQ+ and Diversity & Inclusion Committee, stands in solidarity with our Black students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. We stand together during this Pride Month to advocate for inclusivity and equality for all, to condemn discrimination, hate and intolerance, and to celebrate diversity in all its forms.
Know you are loved, that you matter, and that we care!
Julie Johnson, Pharm.D., Dean and Distinguished Professor
Folakemi Odedina, PhD, Professor and Chair, UF COP Diversity & Inclusion Committee
Oliver Grundmann, Ph.D., Clinical Associate Professor and Co-Chair, UF COP LGBTQ+ & Allies subcommittee
UF COP LGBTQ+ & Allies subcommittee members
Joshua Pullo, Pharm.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Co-Chair
Maureen Keller-Wood, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education
Teresa Cavanaugh, Pharm.D., Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
James Beach, Student Affairs Coordinator
Justin De Leo, Instructional Designer, DESS / Office of Lifelong Learning
Sarah Mazorra, PPD & Co-Curriculum Coordinator, Office of Student Affairs
Eric Money, Business Administration Specialist III
Shane Artiles, Pharm.D. Candidate, Class of 2023
Alex Duarte, Pharm.D. Candidate, Class of 2022
Yesenia Felix-Irizarry, Pharm.D. Candidate, Class of 2022
Lindsey McCoy, Pharm.D. Candidate, Class of 2022
Rachel Poole, Pharm.D. Candidate, Class of 2021
Javier Vega Santiago, Pharm.D. Candidate, Class of 2023
Corinne Singer, Pharm.D. Candidate, Class of 2021
Maya Zoran, Pharm.D. Candidate, Class of 2022
UF COP Diversity & Inclusion Committee members
Tyisha Hathorn, Ph.D, M.B.A., Assistant Director
Eric G. Krause, Ph.D., M.S., Associate Professor & Director
Rich Segal, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Veena Venugopalan, Pharm.D., Clinical Associate Professor
Jenny Dillon, Student Affairs Program Director
Milena Ozimek, Administrative Assistant II
Darla Quevedo, Pharm.D. Candidate
Sarah West, Pharm.D. Candidate