Evan Glass, Vice President of the Montgomery County Council to give keynote address and raise the Pride flag
Rockville, MD – May 31, 2022 The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) will mark the beginning of Pride Month with a flag raising ceremony and reception at USP–Rockville from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 1. Council Member Evan Glass, Vice President of the Montgomery County Council and a champion of Maryland’s LGBTQ+ Bill of Rights, will be USP’s honored guest and keynote speaker.
USP’s celebration of Pride Month is an expression of our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging and to making USP an inclusive and welcoming workplace.
“USP recognizes that Pride Month has evolved to become much more than a march, a celebration, or the commemoration of an anniversary,” said Anthony Lakavage, Senior Vice President, Global External Affairs & Secretary, USP Convention & Board of Trustees and eQuality Alliance Executive Sponsor. “It is a time that brings the LGBTQ+ and straight community together in the shared mission of advancing human rights and dignity.”
The day’s events are sponsored by the eQuality Alliance, USP’s LGBTQ+ Affinity Group, and the USP Office of Organizational Culture, Equity and Inclusion (Equity Office).
Launched in 2021, the USP Equity Office focuses on driving a more inclusive culture at the organization. The Equity Office encourages staff to participate in Affinity Groups, which comprise of employees who drive dialogue and educate staff about challenges faced by and the history these marginalized communities often share. USP’s Affinity Groups include those around race, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, Veterans’ status, disability and diverse minds & bodies. The groups enable staff to support one another, connect frequently, and contribute to each other and the organization at a high level, thereby instilling a more inclusive work environment.
The celebration is part of USP’s commitment to creating a workplace where diversity is embraced, equity is expected, inclusion is practiced and everyone feels a sense of belonging, because belonging leads to collaboration, innovation, problem solving, and better decision making.
USP is an independent scientific organization that collaborates with the world's top experts in health and science to develop quality resources and standards for medicines, dietary supplements and food ingredients. Through our resources, standards, advocacy and education, USP helps increase the availability of quality medicines, supplements and foods for billions of people worldwide.