Center for Diversity Affairs


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…


July 26, 2019

Summer Undergraduate Researchers Get First Taste of Real Science

Amy Widner

Group shot of students

Twelve undergraduate students from across the United States worked in real labs, doing real research this summer at UAMS — many of them for the first time. The Summer Undergraduate Research Program to Increase Diversity in Research is hosted annually by the UAMS Graduate School and Center for Diversity Affairs and is funded by the…


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.”



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