Vibhuti Arya, PharmD, MPH, has worked for the past 15 years to bridge the gap between healthcare, well-being, and equity. A racial dialogue expert, Dr. Arya brings together her experiences in social justice, education, theatre, and mindfulness to create brave spaces for people and systems to intentionally work towards dismantling structural racism. She celebrates being an immigrant in Washington Heights (before it was a musical), a yoga teacher, and a generic brown woman to find ways to energize education one human at a time.

In her day job as Clinical Professor at St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and Clinical Advisor to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Dr. Arya engages her students to examine public health programs and policies through the lens of equity, applying social justice principles and frameworks to help reduce inequities in care.

Dr. Arya is a Global Lead for Gender Equity and Diversity Workforce Development for the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP). She earned her PharmD from St. John’s University, completed the Pharmaceutical Care Leadership Residency at the University of Minnesota, and earned her MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” 

-Angela Y. Davis

When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.

-Audre Lorde