Center for Diversity Affairs


November 12, 2019

UAMS Celebrates Veterans with Luncheon, Care Packages

Spencer Watson

Veterans, now serving in the UAMS Police Department, served as the color guard for a flag ceremony to open the Veterans Day luncheon.

Dozens of veterans and active duty members representing all five major branches of the U.S. Armed Forces — Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard — attended a luncheon as part of a month of ongoing events to celebrate employees and students at UAMS who serve. “Today we honor our UAMS employees and…


October 31, 2019

UAMS Students Showcase Health Care Careers for Helena Teens

Spencer Watson

UAMS student volunteers gather for a group photo during a visit to KIPP Delta Collegiate High School in Helena-West Helena.

More than 150 high school sophomores, juniors and seniors at the KIPP Delta Collegiate High School in Helena-West Helena met with students from all five UAMS colleges Oct. 14 to learn about higher education opportunities and careers in health care. Now in its third year, the Raising Exposure & Awareness of Careers in Health (REACH)…


October 4, 2019

Celebrations Showcase Parade of Cultures at UAMS

Spencer Watson

International Fest included tables with cultural items, food by UAMS Catering and demonstrations, such as a traditional Filipino dance with candles.

Hundreds of members of the campus community recently packed the ground floor concourse of the UAMS Education II building to travel the world. About a dozen countries were represented at International Fest, the Sept. 27 culminating celebration of Diversity Month, organized by the UAMS Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and co-sponsored by the Chancellor’s…


September 27, 2019

Vigil Honors Groundbreaking Life, Career of Edith Irby Jones

Spencer Watson

UAMS faculty, staff and students hold lighted candles in memory of Edith Irby Jones, M.D., who died July 15.

Dozens of UAMS faculty, staff and students gathered outside the Medical Center on a mercifully cool and clear evening for a vigil by the Edith Irby Jones, M.D., chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) to honor its namesake, who died July 15. Jones became the first African American to attend an all-white medical…


September 23, 2019

Workshops Invite Input on Diversity

Spencer Watson

Brian Gittens, Ed.D., welcomes attendees to the second Breaking BREAD town hall as guests eat lunches provided by UAMS catering.

Brian Gittens, Ed.D., who joined UAMS in June as its new vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion, hosted two town hall-style meetings to welcome dozens of employees and students to help shape his division’s strategic plan to invite and support greater diversity on campus. Both workshops were part of the Division of Diversity, Equity…


September 13, 2019

Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month

Spencer Watson

 Saludos, Feliz Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana de la División para la Diversidad, la Equidad y la Inclusión (Greetings, Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month from the Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion)   The UAMS Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is thrilled to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. It is more than fitting we…


September 9, 2019

UAMS Celebrates Diversity Month with Address, Awards

Spencer Watson

Dr. Edith Irby Jones Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award winners (from left) Gregory Robinson, Ph.D., Danviona King and April Hughes.

Dozens of UAMS students, faculty and staff from throughout campus gathered for a celebration to kick off Diversity Month, at which Brian Gittens, Ed.D., who joined UAMS in June as the new vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion, presented his inaugural State of Diversity address. The event also included the presentation of the Dr….


August 20, 2019

UAMS Program Paves Way for Minority Student’s Success

Spencer Watson

Chase Swinton (third from left) with other Summer Research Internship participants following their presentations at the end of the program.

Chase Swinton, a young African American woman  who just graduated from Sylvan Hills High School in Sherwood and will begin attending Stanford University in California in September, had never seen a black doctor – researcher or physician – until she came to UAMS. “I’ve known I wanted to be a doctor for a while, but…


August 13, 2019

Students Learn Animation, Robotics and Applications in Health Care

Spencer Watson

Student-built robots battles for an audience at the conclusion of the UAMS NERDIES Health Sciences Camp.

A program called UAMS NERDIES Health Sciences Camp recently gave some sixth through eighth graders the chance to learn how digital art and design could be combined with health care careers. Taught by a Northwest Arkansas digital art and design school called PIXEL, the program was brought to UAMS at the invitation of the Center…


July 29, 2019

Summer Outreach Programs Steer Students to Health Sciences

Spencer Watson

Students learn about cardiovascular disease during the health professions portion of the Academy of Pre Health Scholars program.

There is no lack of learning during the summer, or so goes the thinking at the UAMS Center for Diversity Affairs, which hosted a continuum of programs during the out-of-school months for students from kindergarten to high school, all intended to spark an interest in health sciences. Two programs in particular, the Junior STEM Academy…



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