The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.Individuals are recognized each year by the NAACP for their hard work and achievements to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without race discrimination. A University of Toledo faculty member and the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences have been recognized by the Toledo Branch of the NAACP.
Dr. Patricia Hogue, associate professor and chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies and assistant dean of diversity, student recruitment and retention, recently was presented with the 2011 Medicine and Health-Care Service Award at the NAACP Toledo Branch Annual Freedom Fund Banquet.
Hogue was recognized for her extraordinary service and dedication to recruiting, retaining and developing health-care students from multicultural backgrounds. The local NAACP said Hogue is a true advocate for diversity and quality education for young health-care professionals.
“I am deeply humbled and honored to be recognized by such a prestigious organization such as the NAACP,” Hogue said. “It is always an honor to know people appreciate the ongoing hard work you do.”
The award came as a complete surprise for Hogue, who originally attended the banquet as a guest of the University’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement. The Rev. Kevin Bedford, president of the NAACP Toledo Branch, presented the award to Hogue.
“This award validates the past 14 years’ worth of work I have done at UT for recruitment and retention,” Hogue said. “An award like this recognizes my full commitment and dedication to bringing positive changes in regards to diversity within health-care and academic medicine.”
The UT College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences also was honored with the 2011 Public Institution Award.
The college was recognized for its commitment to diversity, quality education and community building through its summer camp program, which provides central-city students a chance to explore educational opportunities in scientific research and pharmaceutical sciences.