Statement Regarding a 1951 Admission Denial

July 31, 2020

Dear UT College of Pharmacy Community,

A recent post on social media featuring a letter from 1951 denying admission of an African-American applicant to The University of Texas College of Pharmacy based upon the color of the person’s skin is a painful reminder of our college’s and our university’s past. While I cannot change history, we must be committed to changing the future. In recognizing that, we at the UT College of Pharmacy aspire to intentionally strive for inclusive excellence in our community culture, scholarship, curricula, and teaching. This is an ongoing pursuit, as the journey has no finite end. Yet, we invite all members of our community, as well as our friends and colleagues, to explore our diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion webpage. There, one can view the clear demonstration of our commitment to lead in this way. The UT College of Pharmacy remains committed to honoring the values of inclusivity that we espouse across all areas of engagement. As always, we welcome your feedback.


Dean Crismon's electronic signature.

M. Lynn Crismon, Pharm.D.
James T. Doluisio Regents Chair and Behrens Centennial Professor