The ODA was created to promote increased recruitment, retention and advancement of diverse faculty, students and staff, particularly underrepresented groups, and to oversee all diversity activities involving UIC College of Pharmacy. The office also acts as a central resource for monitoring diversity efforts and outcomes of the Diversity Strategic Thinking and Planning committee initiated in 2009. The ODA believes that diversity adds value to intellectual development, academic discourse, patient care and research. The sharing of diverse ideas and perspectives is essential to the development of future leaders in health care to better serve our community, nation and world. Here at the ODA, we are determined to create an environment that places an importance on embracing, appreciating, and capitalizing on the rich perspectives and backgrounds of the people around us to accomplish a shared mission.