NCAP Student Advocacy Series

Overview: Through this initiative, you will learn how to become a proper student advocate through sessions in:

  1. Why Advocate as a Student Pharmacist?
  2. State Pharmacy Legislation Information Session
  3. Legislator Meeting Preparatory Session
  4. Hot Topics Discussion on Pharmacy Legislation
  5. Live Meetings with State Legislators, or Professional Videos

Purpose: Provide students with the knowledge and tools to create meaningful conversations with legislators regarding pertinent state pharmacy legislation. The North Carolina Association of Pharmacists Student Pharmacist Forum (NCAP SPF), representing all four schools of pharmacy, has collaborated to afford all pharmacy students the opportunity to become confident student advocates. Students will earn an “Advocacy Certificate” upon fulfilling requirements of the initiative and participating in a live meeting(s) with a state legislator. To register, please complete this form.

Certificate Requirements: Earning the Advocacy Certificate can be accomplished by completing the following: 

✅   Attendance of the FIRST event (Why Advocate)

✅   Attendance of the SECOND OR FOURTH events (Legislative Information Session, Hot Topics)

✅   Attendance of the THIRD event (Legislative Preparatory Session)

✅   Attendance at Legislative Day OR recording a 1-2 minute professional video addressing your legislator.

Click on the video player above to join the SPF Chair, Shane Garrettson, as he goes over what this series is all about and why you should become a student advocate.

Students unable to join a live session can satisfy their certificate requirement by viewing the missed session once the recorded version is available. Recorded sessions require completion of both a short questionnaire and 150-word essay to earn a certificate.

The Advocacy Certificate is available to NCAP-SPF members only. If not a member, just Click Here to Join. Student memberships are only $10!

For any questions you may e-mail any of the NCAP SPF Leaders or Shane Garrettson at [email protected]

Sessions and Dates:

Links to recorded sessions and questionnaires:

Why Advocate as a Student Pharmacist?
Hosted by Dr. Paige D. Brown, PharmD and Campbell University, join us to about the importance of advocacy at the student level and how you can get involved to advance pharmacy practice and change the world around you.  

When: February 3rd from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Where: Zoom

Host: Dr. Paige D. Brown

Dr. Paige D. Brown is the assistant dean of Interprofessional Education and Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Campbell College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She has experience in geriatrics, education, mentoring, pharmacy admissions, faculty development, and is a strong advocate for pharmacy practice in our state, as well as an active member of NCAP. Learn more about Dr. Brown here.


State Pharmacy Legislative Session
Hosted by Dr. Anthony Solari and Wingate University, join us to learn the ins and outs of the legislative process and what this year’s long session could have in store for the pharmacists of North Carolina.

When: February 17th from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Where: Zoom

  Host: Dr. Anthony Solari  

Dr. Anthony Solari has extensive experience organizing grassroots political endeavors in over 80 counties in North Carolina. He brings enthusiasm and years of experience to NCAP and works closely with our pharmacists as NCAP’s lobbyist and conduit to the NC Senate and House of Representatives. Learn more about Dr. Solari

Legislator Meeting Preparatory Session
Hosted by Dr. Shawn Riser Taylor and Eshelman School of Pharmacy, join us as Dr Taylor returns to share insight on conversations with legislators and how to promote pharmacy initiatives in the general assembly.

When: April 4th from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Where: Zoom


Host: Dr. Shawn Riser Taylor

Dr. Shawn Riser Taylor, PharmD, CPP, CDCES, is an associate professor of Pharmacy at Wingate University with extensive experience with managing diabetes and providing patient education in an ambulatory care setting. Dr. Taylor also works with pharmacy students in Honduras providing care in limited access areas. In 2022 Dr. Taylor was awarded the Ambulatory Care Pharmacist of the Year from the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists.


When: April 13th From 6:00PM to 7:30PM
Where: Zoom


Host: Student Pharmacists Forum Leadership Team

The Student Pharmacist Forum leadership team consists of representation from all four schools of pharmacy in North Carolina and collaborates to host events, inform students about legislative initiatives, and advocate for pharmacy at the state level.

Pharmacy Legislative Day!

When: TBD, May-July
Where: 16 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601