Victoria D. Ayoola
Bridging the Gap Chair
Victoria D. Ayoola was born in Newark, New Jersey, and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She is a fifth year PharmD Candidate in a 0-6 pharmacy program, concurrently pursuing a secondary masters degree in Health Informatics at the University of Findlay. At the University of Findlay, Victoria is the Graduate Assistant for Intercultural Student Services at the Buford Center for Diversity and Service where they strive to: serve the underserved while developing engaged citizens, provide mentorship, advocacy and support to encourage cultural competence, educate on the merits of diversity and inclusion, and empower students to embark on transformative adventures through international education.
SNPhA was the first pharmacy organization Victoria joined and she served as the club historian where she documented the activities for the academic year. Victoria believes in the importance of becoming a frontline advocate for the profession of pharmacy by sharing the good news of who we are and what we bring to the table, and this is what drew Victoria into the mission of SNPhA.
Alongwith SNPhA, Victoria has served as the President of the African Student Association, an Orientation Leader welcoming 600+ incoming students yearly, and she is a mentor to students across several majors. She also led students to a Global Village and Habitat for Humanity service trip to Oaxaca, Mexico the summer of 2018. Victoria works as an intern at Thompson Community Pharmacy located in her hometown.
Victoria has always assumed the role of bridging the gap whether it be between cultures,disciplines, and now SNPhA and NPhA members. As the National Bridging the Gap Chair, Victoria would like to continue to advance the initiative by increasing the longevity of relationships amongst SNPha and NPhA members by continuing to create innovative opportunities for connection and community building.
The African philosophy “Ubuntu” is an anchor for Victoria’s future ventures. Ubuntu expresses the sentiment “I am because we are”, an ode to humanity. The oath of a pharmacist is an ode to our patients, declaring our promise to devote our lives to the service of people through the profession. Ubuntu “speaks of the very essence of being human...you are generous, you are hospitable, you are friendly and caring and compassionate. You share what you have. It is to say, ‘my humanity is inextricably bound up in yours”(Desmond Tutu). Ubuntu and its applicability to SNPhA affirms the manner in which Victoria hopes to continue on the journey and legacy.