Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


May 20, 2020

Diversity Summer Outreach Programs Go Digital

Spencer Watson

Learning opportunities such as the Academy of Pre-Health Scholars will be moved online to increase safety and provide broader access.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, summer outreach programs of the UAMS Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion have been moved online. The programs, designed to cultivate an interest in health sciences among up-and-coming students from kindergarten to undergraduate levels, particularly underrepresented minority students, include the DDEI STEM Academy, the Academy of Pre-Health Scholars and…


May 18, 2020

UAMS Graduates 914 Health Care Professionals

Spencer Watson

Members of the genetic counseling class of 2020 gather for a virtual celebration led by department chair Noelle Danylchuk, M.S.

Degrees and certificates were conferred to 914 graduates of the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) five colleges and graduate school on May 16. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, no commencement ceremony was held. A digital commencement program can be found here. Degrees were awarded to 165 in the College of Medicine, 255 in the…


March 10, 2020

UAMS Students Introduce High School Visitors to Health Care Careers

Spencer Watson

Visiting high school and UAMS medical students gather for a photo during the HPREP event.

More than 80 UAMS student volunteers, mostly from the College of Medicine, welcomed dozens of high school students from across Arkansas to the UAMS main campus Feb. 22 to introduce them to careers in health care. The event, called Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP) was presented by the UAMS chapter of the Student…


March 4, 2020

Guest Lecture Addresses Bias toward Health Care Workers

Spencer Watson

Leon McDougle, M.D., M.P.H., chief diversity officer and professor at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, presents at UAMS on Feb. 26.

What should doctors, nurses or other health care providers do when a patient makes a request that seems discriminatory? Leon McDougle, M.D., M.P.H., chief diversity officer and professor at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, was a guest of the UAMS Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to discuss precisely that situation in a…


February 3, 2020

Center for Diversity Affairs Becomes Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Spencer Watson

The reorganization includes the launch of a new website at ddei.uams.edu.

The UAMS Center for Diversity Affairs, first established in 2011, has been reorganized into the Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The change was prompted by a growth of the division and its strategic objectives under the direction of Brian Gittens, Ed.D., who joined UAMS as vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion in June…


January 17, 2020

UAMS Celebration of MLK Encourages Attendees to Serve

Spencer Watson

Guest speaker Crystal C. Mercer speaks about public service during the UAMS Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration.

Service was the centerpiece as employees and students gathered to celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 15, enjoying addresses from campus leaders and a guest speaker and then breaking for lunch and to sign up for volunteer opportunities. “Today I want to talk about how Dr. King…


December 23, 2019

UAMS Joins Partners in Education with Little Rock’s Hall High

Spencer Watson

Hall High School Principal Mark Roberts, Ed.D., Kimberlyn Blann-Anderson and Brian Gittens, Ed.D., of the UAMS Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Little Rock School District Superintendent Mike Poore.

The UAMS Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has joined the Little Rock School District’s Volunteers in Public Schools program as a partner in education working specifically with Hall High School. “This is, as they say, the beginning of a beautiful partnership,” said Brian Gittens, Ed.D., vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion at UAMS….


December 10, 2019

Minority Students from UAMS Research Programs Present at National Conference

Spencer Watson

Daija Green, a UAMS SRI participant from Jackson State University, with her research poster at ABRCMS 2019 in Anaheim, California.

Six students who spent their summer doing research at UAMS presented their work at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in Anaheim, California, last month. The students collectively represented three different UAMS research programs: the Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’s Summer Research Internship, the UAMS Graduate School’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program and…


December 9, 2019

Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Names New Staff

Spencer Watson

Gloria Richard-Davis, M.D., MBA, Rosemary Nabaweesi, Dr.P.H., and Andrea Roy.

Two UAMS faculty and an additional existing staff member have taken new positions within the Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Gloria Richard-Davis, M.D., MBA, was chosen to be the executive director for diversity, equity and inclusion, and Rosemary Nabaweesi, Dr.P.H., has been selected as the senior director of research and evaluation. Andrea Roy has…


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…



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