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Judith Okwamba

“In January 2021, I officially got into the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Pharmacy and I earned my white coat in January 2022. At PittPharmacy, I gravitated towards experiences that will help me become a better advocate for underserved and low-resourced communities. These experiences include becoming a member of the school’s diversity and inclusion committee, joining and becoming a class representative for the school’s global health area of concentration (ARCO), doing research for a staff member writing a policy paper on lack of accessibility for sickle cell disease (SCD) medications, and becoming a UCARxE underserved clinic volunteer (and eventually a clinic leader next year). As a representative for the global health ARCO, I helped organize and write a small grant on compassion fatigue to get money to fund the school’s annual Global Health Day. In addition to all of these experiences, I briefly worked as a pharmacy intern for UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital and currently volunteer at my
school’s vaccine clinic. In April 2023, I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) with an Africana studies minor and African studies certificate. I have attached pictures from my white coat ceremony.”