The University of Rhode Island Diversity Awards celebrate students, faculty, administrators and staff members who have demonstrated an emerging, sustained or lifetime commitment to community leadership, academic excellence and service in promoting diversity and multiculturalism. These individuals work in promoting human difference as assets. The Diversity Award is to acknowledge their contribution towards building and sustaining an equitable and multicultural community at URI.
Student National Pharmaceutical Association, URI Chapter, was honored for recruiting diverse students in the College of Pharmacy. Founded in 1972 by African-American students at Florida A & M University, the national group of diverse pharmacy students seeks to improve health care for people who are poor. Established in 2011, the URI chapter has participated in the Power to End Stroke blood pressure clinics with Walgreens; Operation Immunization and Remember the Ribbon HIV and AIDS Awareness Workshops with AIDS Care Ocean State; and the Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease Initiatives for immigrants at Dorcas Place. Also, the group helped enroll patients in Current Care, the new statewide information system, and held health awareness and anti-smoking workshops on campus.
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