Promoting 2SLGBTQQIA+ Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in Pharmacy Education (PRIDE-RX)

TitlePromoting 2SLGBTQQIA+ Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in Pharmacy Education (PRIDE-RX)
Faculty/College/UnitPharmaceutical Sciences
Duration3 Years
Project Summary

As society broadens its understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression (SOGIE), its healthcare institutions must also reflect this growth. Today’s healthcare professionals must develop knowledge of gender diversity and its intersection with sexual orientation and associated experiences, histories, and language to ensure best possible care. To build queer competencies amongst pharmacy students, this project will integrate SOGIE into the curriculum throughout the four professional years. Our goal is to enable students to provide equitable care for queer folx. This project will:

  1. Scaffold SOGIE content in mandatory PHRM 100 and PHRM 270 courses.
  2. Develop a third-year elective course, taking a human-centric approach that focuses on affirmative care.
  3. Build capacity with community partners through development of PHRM 473 community-engaged learning practicums.
  4. Establish a queer advisory committee, inviting 2SLGBTQQIA+ representations from the community, Faculty, and profession to support the development, implementation, and evaluation of (1)-(3).
Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2022/2023
Year 1: Project TypeLarge TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorTristan Lai
Year 1: Funded Amount104,880
Year 1: Team Members

Principal Investigators:

Tristan Lai (he/him), Lecturer / Coordinator, Office of Experiential Education (OEE), Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Alex Tang (he/him), Lecturer / Coordinator, OEE, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Community Partners:

Phillip Banks, Executive Director, AIDS Vancouver
Hans Bosgoed (he/him), Program Manager, Clinical Services, Health Initiative for Men
Anoop Gill (she/her), Co-Executive Director, Programs and Services, QMUNITY
Darren Ho (he/him), Associate Director, Population-Specific Programs, Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC)
Ben Klassen (he/him), “Sex Now” Research Manager, CBRC
Lucas Wilson (he/him), Care Team Coordinator, Trans Care BC
Mebrat Beyene (she/her), Executive Director, WISH Drop-In Centre Society

Faculty Supporting Units:

Jon-Paul Marchand, Director, Office of Educational Technology and Learning Designs (OETLD)
Jocelyn Micallef (she/her), Educational Development Manager, OETLD
George Pachev, Director, Office of Educational Assessment
Janice Yeung (she/her), Director, OEE

UBC Knowledge Experts:

Leonie Harper (she/her), Special Projects Manager, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Timothy Lim (he/him), Clinical Pharmacist / Lecturer, Pharmacists Clinic, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Shadi Mehrabi, Community Engaged Learning Officer, Centre for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL)
Kyle Nelson, Community Engaged Learning Officer, CCEL


Lillian Chen (she/her), 4th year Entry-to-Practice PharmD Program
Courtney Ng (she/her), 3rd year Entry-to-Practice PharmD Program