Center for Diversity Affairs


March 8, 2019

Undergraduates Visit UAMS on Diversity Day

Spencer Watson

Visiting undergraduates heard from current UAMS students during a lunch discussion panel.

Undergraduate students from across the state got a personal introduction to UAMS and the variety of career options available in health care recently through Diversity Day. More than 145 students and 15 advisors from 20 Arkansas universities and a few surrounding states attended the annual conference-style event, hosted by the UAMS Center for Diversity Affairs….


March 5, 2019

History Professor Talks 1860 Expulsion of Free Blacks for Black History Month

Spencer Watson

Brian Mitchell, Ph.D., delivers a lecture on the expulsion of free blacks from Arkansas in 1860.

Dozens attended a celebration held to conclude Black History Month hosted by the UAMS Center for Diversity Affairs, which featured musical entertainment and a lecture. “Given the way things are in our society, we need to become more proactive and aggressive in addressing some of the issues that go on around us,” said Billy Thomas,…


February 25, 2019

Randolph Leads SEED Peer Program for Change

Linda Haymes

Marlo Thomas and Mildred Randolph, D..V.M., facilitate the Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED) Project, a program that uses group discussions to lead change within communities through personal growth, professional development and social justice.

Mildred Randolph, D.V.M., is helping her UAMS colleagues view their professional and personal worlds from a new perspective to shine a light on differences and offer more inclusiveness.


January 25, 2019

UAMS Honors MLK with Celebration of Diversity and Call to Service

Spencer Watson

Faculty, students and staff listen to keynote speaker Tracy Steele during the 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

Dozens of UAMS employees gathered for the 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, sponsored by the Center for Diversity Affairs, which celebrated the legacy of service advocated by the slain civil rights icon and included the presentation of the Unity Award for completing a collaborative service project.


December 17, 2018

Students Learn About Services for LGBTQ+ Patients

Spencer Watson

From left: Amber Booth-McCoy, Jacey Curtis, Emily Tharp, Zack Baker, Zain Alfanek and Billy Thomas.

Future health care professionals from throughout UAMS recently gathered to learn about the specific needs of, and services available to, the LGBTQ communities in the Little Rock metro area. The talk, which featured Zack Baker, the education and outreach coordinator from Planned Parenthood Great Plains, was presented by the UAMS Rainbow Health Alliance and sponsored…


December 6, 2018

UAMS Intern Program Participants Present at National Conference

Spencer Watson

Three undergraduate students in the UAMS Summer Research Internship program recently attended in the ABRCMS in Indianapolis.

Some participants in the Summer Research Internship (SRI) program of the UAMS Center for Diversity Affairs recently had the chance to present their work on the national stage. The program offers undergraduate and even high school students the opportunity to work alongside researchers in a professional lab setting. This year, three college students were selected…


November 19, 2018

Teens get ‘PhUn’ learning experience at UAMS

Spencer Watson

Students from Little Rock Central High School are surprised when a mannequin at the UAMS Simulation Center provides verbal feedback during their visit for Physiology Understanding ("PhUn") Day.

Nearly three dozen students in ninth through 12th grades from Little Rock Central High School visited the UAMS campus recently to participate in PhUn Day, organized by the UAMS Center for Diversity Affairs and the Department of Physiology and Biophysics in the UAMS College of Medicine as part of the American Physiological Society’s national Physiology…


November 8, 2018

UAMS Students Visit Helena Teens to Showcase Health Care Careers

Spencer Watson

UAMS students visiting KIPP Delta Collegiate High School in Helena to talk about preparing for careers in health care.

UAMS students visited KIPP Delta Collegiate High School in Helena recently to share with the nearly college-bound students the vast opportunities and careers in health care. The event, Raising Exposure & Awareness of Careers in Health (REACH) in the Delta, gave nearly two hundred ninth through 12th grade students the opportunity to ask questions, visit with…


November 5, 2018

UAMS Shows Gratitude for Veterans with Breakfast, Care Packages

Spencer Watson

Veterans were offered tokens of appreciation according to their branch of service.

Active duty, reserve and veterans of the armed forces who are UAMS employees were honored at a Nov. 2 breakfast, just one part of a larger month of celebrations and events planned by the UAMS Veterans Awareness Committee in honor of Veterans Day, Nov. 11.


September 24, 2018

Seventy Years Later, Edith Irby Jones, M.D., Continues to Inspire

Benjamin Waldrum

First-year medical students Brittany Demmings and Tia'Asia James meet Edith Irby Jones, M.D. (at right) after receiving scholarships created in her name.

Sept. 24, 2018 | A month-long celebration of the life and career of Edith Irby Jones, M.D., who enrolled 70 years ago at UAMS as the first African-American medical student in the South, brought thanks and appreciation from those she inspired and served.



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