Center for Diversity Affairs

June 5, 2019

Diversity Helps Keep Educational Pipeline Flowing

Spencer Watson

Billy Thomas, M.D., M.P.H., inaugural vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion, welcomes eighth grade students to the Roadmap to Success conference.

The UAMS Center for Diversity Affairs has spent the spring working to fill the educational pipeline and inspire the next generation of health care workers: today’s junior high and high school students. “I think we’ve really been successful because we’ve had maybe 200 to 250 encounters with students, and that doesn’t include what we’ve got…

Brian E. Gittens, Ed.D., M.P.A., Named Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Benjamin Waldrum

Gittens is a seasoned diversity and human resources professional, researcher, educator and consultant with more than three decades of experience.

Brian E. Gittens, Ed.D, M.P.A., has been named vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) effective June 1. Gittens succeeds Billy Thomas, M.D., M.P.H., a neonatologist in the UAMS College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, who was named UAMS’ first vice chancellor for diversity in 2011….

May 9, 2019

UAMS Celebrates Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Spencer Watson

Members of the Ozark Islanders dance group perform at the Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebration.

Guests took a tour of southeast Asia and the islands of the western Pacific Ocean as panelists from the Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, India and the Marshall Islands shared the experiences and memories of their native cultures and countries recently at UAMS The May 1 event, “Our Voices, Our Stories,” was part of the seventh annual…

March 28, 2019

UAMS Honors 36 for National Women’s History Month

Spencer Watson

The 2019 UAMS Phenomenal Women on stage with their awards following the event.

UAMS honored 36 phenomenal women from throughout the campus community at its annual National Women’s History Month celebration “Women of the World: Educating, Innovating, Serving.”

March 25, 2019

Local teens tour UAMS for STEAM

Spencer Watson

Visiting students learn about skeletal structure during STEAM Revolution at UAMS.

Students from middle school to high school came from public housing communities in North Little Rock to the main UAMS campus in Little Rock to spend their spring break learning about the variety of careers available in medicine and to advance their knowledge of the STEAM fields: science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. Thirty-two students…

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…

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