(KINGSVILLE, TX) — The Cultural Diversity Planning Committee at the Texas A&M Health Science Center Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy hosted a panel discussion on tolerance Nov. 16 in honor of International Tolerance Day.

The purpose behind International Tolerance Day is to encourage tolerance, respect, dialogue and cooperation among different cultures, civilizations and peoples.

Speakers gave their own personal experiences on tolerance and how to achieve it. Robert Stanberry Pharm.D., J.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the HSC-Rangel College of Pharmacy, advocated standing up for what is right – respect, acceptance and appreciation of the diversity of the world’s cultures.

“We need to raise awareness and show open-mindedness and resilience,” encouraged Dr. Elaine Demps, director of instructional technology at the college, as she spoke of her past experience in a diverse environment as a young adult.

Community guest speaker Richard Kirkpatrick, City of Kingsville task force agent, touched on his encounter with diversity and tolerance in the workplace. He also reminded students that communication is essential in achieving tolerance.

The HSC-Rangel College of Pharmacy cultural diversity planning committee encourages and promotes cultural diversity, awareness and acceptance within the college and surrounding communities in which they live and work.

— Andrew Ramirez