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Digging Into DEI in Pharmacy Practice: The Case for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Broadcast Date: July 16, 2021


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In today's episode, we discuss the importance and benefits of embracing DEI, while also exploring how continuous learning and intentionality can be the impetus for impactful change.


Lakesha ButlerDr. Lakesha Butler is a Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) School of Pharmacy. She is also the past president of the National Pharmaceutical Association. Dr. Butler received her doctorate of pharmacy from Mercer University and completed a PGY-1 residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a certified diversity facilitrainer (CDFT).

Maria Carias Maria F. Carias, M.B.A., M.S., is the Director of Member Operations within the ASHP Office of Member Relations. In this role, Ms. Carias coordinates the operational logistics for various ASHP initiatives. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Policy from American University and both her Master’s of Science in Project Management and Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Maryland Global Campus. Ms. Carias was recognized as a 2020 recipient of the ASHP CEO Award for Staff Excellence.


The information presented during the podcast reflects solely the opinions of the presenter. The information and materials are not, and are not intended as, a comprehensive source of drug information on this topic. The contents of the podcast have not been reviewed by ASHP, and should neither be interpreted as the official policies of ASHP, nor an endorsement of any product(s), nor should they be considered as a substitute for the professional judgment of the pharmacist or physician.