Feb 16, 2024

FDA’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility: HBCU Initiative

February 13, 2024

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET

This webinar is a part of the HBCU Learning Collaborative


CAPT Latonia M. Ford was commissioned in the United States Public Health Service, Commissioned Corps, and became an employee of the FDA in 2009. With a tenure spanning over 14 years and nine months, she began her career as a patient label reviewer in the office of Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology (OSE) within Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). She then transitioned to serve as a Consumer Safety Officer in the Division of Information Disclosure Policy, and currently holds the position of Safety Regulatory Project Manager within OSE.

Additionally, CAPT Ford fulfills the roles of 2nd Vice President and membership Chair for the Black Nurses of Southern Maryland, a chapter of the National Black Nurses Association, INC. Outside of her professional commitments, Mrs. Ford is certified as a group fitness, flow, and cycling instructor, reflecting her deep-seated enthusiasm for guiding others on their fitness and wellness journeys. Her personal interests encompass activities such as running, cycling, swimming, hiking, and strength training. Latonia cherishes time spent with her spouse, two children, and dog, as well as indulging in travel experiences and adhering to her life philosophy, “Do All You Can While You Can.”

Lieutenant commander (LCDR) Gladys Williams is an active-duty pharmacist with the United States Public Health Service. One of the 8 uniform services of the United States. She served for ten years with experience working as a clinical pharmacist with Indian Health Service on the Navajo Nation in Arizona, Program Analyst with Homeland security Immigration and Customs Enforcement. She currently works with the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology (OSE) as a Project Manager and a Contracting Officer Representative with Regulatory Science Staff. LCDR currently serves as the workgroup team lead for the OSE DEIA HBCU initiative.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending quality time as a new mom with her nine-month-old daughter, her family, and taking road trips when she can.


OSE HBCU Initiative Presentation