Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

April 9, 2021

Panel Offers Empowerment in Celebration of Women’s History Month

Spencer Watson

Gloria Richard-Davis, M.D., MBA, executive director for the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, concludes the virtual event celebrating Women's History Month.

Connection and affirmation were strong themes in a March online panel titled “Let’s Talk: HerStories – Thriving While Surviving the Pandemic” to celebrate Women’s History Month. Presented by the UAMS Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and moderated by Sherie Brown, executive director of UAMS Operational Support Services, the event offered input and advice on…

Conference Assists Underrepresented Students in Preparing for Professional Programs

Spencer Watson

Event attendees met with UAMS students, faculty and staff during the closing session of the virtual Minority Association of Premedical Students (MAPS) Conference.

Nearly 50 underrepresented and minority college students from across Arkansas spent a recent morning online learning about and preparing for professional degree programs, aided by UAMS faculty and students. The annual Minority Association of Premedical Students (MAPS) Conference, canceled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, returned in a virtual format for 2021, helping prepare…

March 16, 2021

Past and Future Both Part of UAMS Black History Month Celebrations

Spencer Watson

Tim Nutt, director of the UAMS Historical Research Center, discusses Joycelyn Elders, M.D., among numerous African American contributors to the history of health care in Arkansas.

A lecture looking backward and a panel discussion looking forward punctuated the observance of Black History Month at UAMS. Two virtual events hosted by the diversity, inclusion and engagement subcommittee of the UAMS Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DDEI) highlighted the month, including a lecture by Tim Nutt, director of the UAMS Historical Research…

March 11, 2021

UAMS Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Receives $800,000 Grant to Launch Academy for Arkansas Students

Spencer Watson

High school students considering careers in health care participate in the 2019 Academy of Pre-Health Scholars, a summer program that will be expanded and supported by the new, grant-funded Pathways Academy.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has received an $800,000 grant from the Arkansas Division of Workforce Services Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. Funding will support the creation of a Pathways Academy, a comprehensive learning and community engagement program focusing on science, technology,…

March 10, 2021

Virtual Recruitment Shows Students Pathways, Possibilities in Health Care

Spencer Watson

Kevin Phelan, Ph.D., demonstrates ultrasound scanning for high school students learning about health care careers during the virtual Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program.

Over 50 high school students from across Arkansas spent a recent Saturday morning listening to UAMS students talk about preparing for careers in health care. “Since we knew that our audience was high school students who were willing to wake up early on a Saturday to attend a virtual program, we knew they probably had…

January 25, 2021

Service and Knowledge Encouraged at Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.

Spencer Watson


The life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. was the topic of a Jan. 21 virtual celebration hosted by the UAMS Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The event was organized by volunteers on the Diversity and Inclusion Engagement subcommittee. Emphasizing King’s legacy of service, the event also kicked off the 2021 UAMS Serves…

December 4, 2020

UAMS Student Chosen for Inaugural Dr. Joe L. Hargrove Scholarship Award

Spencer Watson

Paige Jones

Paige Jones, a third- year medical student attending the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) was chosen by the National Medical Fellowship as the recipient of the 2020 inaugural Dr. Joe L. Hargrove Scholarship Award. It was presented at the National Medical Fellowships Atlanta Champions of Health Awards Virtual Event on Dec. 2. Established in 2019 by…

November 16, 2020

Veterans Volunteer to Serve at UAMS

Spencer Watson

Veterans Month 2020 logo

Dozens of veterans, having already served their country, stepped up as volunteers to serve the UAMS community on Nov. 10. Organized by the Veterans Subcommittee of the UAMS Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the Veterans’ Day of Service offered the opportunity for employees and students who are veterans to register and volunteer at sites…

November 10, 2020

Outreach Grows Minority Student Representation in College of Pharmacy

Spencer Watson

Benefitting from specific recruitment programs, the UAMS College of Pharmacy Class of 2024, pictured here celebrating its white coat ceremony, represents the most diverse class of pharmacy students currently enrolled.

The percentage of minority students in this fall’s incoming class at the UAMS College of Pharmacy is nearly double the percentage of the class that will graduate this coming spring. “This year, in the class of 2024, we have 19% underrepresented minority students,” said Lanita White, Pharm.D., assistant dean for student affairs. “In the class…

October 28, 2020

Student Leaders Recruit Colleagues to Sign Diversity Pledge

Spencer Watson

Students from the colleges of Public Health and Health Professions sign the diversity pledge banner, while faculty and staff greet them and help disinfect pens and markers.

Three students simultaneously crouched over a vinyl banner signing their names with Sharpie markers: a Black female, an Asian female and a white male. It was a moment encapsulating the pledge on the banner itself, a resolve to create a community in which “each person’s unique voice is heard and can contribute to the overall…

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