UAMS Ranks Fourth in Education on Forbes’ Best Employers for Diversity List

By Yavonda Chase

This is the second year UAMS has been selected for the list.

“One of the things I love most about UAMS is our diversity,” said Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA. “Diversity and inclusion aren’t just a catchphrase at UAMS – they are an integral part of our core values and are essential to our mission.”

The rankings are based on independent surveys of more than 60,000 people in workplaces of more than 1,000 employees. They include both direct and indirect recommendations and consider both diversity in executive leadership and institutional efforts to promote diversity in the workplace.

“I am proud to work at a place that truly values diversity,” said Brian Gittens, Ed.D., MPA, vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion. “A national ranking like this is a team effort, and UAMS’ commitment to diversity and inclusion is evident at all levels of our institution.”

Employees were asked to give their opinion on their employer’s general diversity as well as questions regarding age, gender equality, ethnicity, disability and LGBTQ+ issues.

“It is incredibly gratifying to be recognized for our commitment to employing a workforce that represents the people we serve,” said Danielle Lombard-Sims, Ph.D., vice chancellor and chief human resources officer.

The complete listing of Forbes Best Employers for Diversity and a full explanation of the methodology are available at