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Pharmacology Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Mission Statement and Committee

Mission Statement

The Department of Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University is committed to ensuring that all students, faculty, staff, visitors, and persons feel supported and welcomed. Though often not discussed, systems of inequality, oppression, and injustice exist within academia and shape, whether explicitly or implicitly, our language, decision-making, and priorities.

The department, with the support of its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, is dedicated to supporting historically marginalized groups in addition to unlearning the systems that have contributed to this marginalization. These systems include (but are not limited to): racism and white supremacy, xenophobia, classism, sexism, ableism, and heterosexism. We also aim to create new infrastructure for which minority identities are uplifted and their voices are heard. These minority identities may include (but, again, are not limited to): racial and ethnic minority identities, sexual and gender minority identities, low-income socioeconomic backgrounds, and non-English language backgrounds.

With your help, we will improve the Department of Pharmacology’s diversity, inclusivity, and equity of all persons.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee

We are excited to announce:

  • There are now student members on the faculty search committee
  • We have two representatives who will serve on the Vanderbilt Basic Sciences DEI Committee
  • Student members are encouraged to prepare a STEM video to send to minority-serving high schools
  • We are continuing to invite a diverse population of postdoctoral fellows to give a seminar in the pharmacology/GPCR-postdoctoral seminar series
  • There is now a slack channel for the Pharm DEI committee
  • There is now a blog for the Pharm DEI committee:
  • We have created this webpage to provide updates to the community

Committee Members

Jared Phillips


Chair and Pharmacology DEI liaison for the School of Medicine Parent DEI Committee



Deborah Luessen


Secretary and Pharmacology DEI liaison for the School of Medicine Parent DEI Committee



Jose Zepeda


Activity organizer for monthly luncheon for URM students



Lillian Brady, Ph.D.


Co-Leader for Postdoc Seminar Program (financial aspects)



Shalonda Ingram


Co-Organizer for monthly luncheon for URM students



Celeste Greer, Ph.D.


Outreach coordinator for mentoring undergraduate students from HBCUs



Suzanne Nolan


Co-Leader for Postdoc Seminar Program


Vivian Truong


Co-Leader for Stratford High School Diversity in STEM Career Development/Research Videos




Ann Richmond, Ph.D.


Professor of Pharmacology



Christine Konradi, Ph.D.


Professor of Pharmacology




Colleen Niswender, Ph.D.


Associate Professor of Pharmacology




Erin Calipari, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor of Pharmacology