Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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…

October 31, 2019

UAMS Students Showcase Health Care Careers for Helena Teens

Spencer Watson

UAMS student volunteers gather for a group photo during a visit to KIPP Delta Collegiate High School in Helena-West Helena.

More than 150 high school sophomores, juniors and seniors at the KIPP Delta Collegiate High School in Helena-West Helena met with students from all five UAMS colleges Oct. 14 to learn about higher education opportunities and careers in health care. Now in its third year, the Raising Exposure & Awareness of Careers in Health (REACH)…

October 4, 2019

Celebrations Showcase Parade of Cultures at UAMS

Spencer Watson

International Fest included tables with cultural items, food by UAMS Catering and demonstrations, such as a traditional Filipino dance with candles.

Hundreds of members of the campus community recently packed the ground floor concourse of the UAMS Education II building to travel the world. About a dozen countries were represented at International Fest, the Sept. 27 culminating celebration of Diversity Month, organized by the UAMS Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and co-sponsored by the Chancellor’s…

September 27, 2019

Vigil Honors Groundbreaking Life, Career of Edith Irby Jones

Spencer Watson

UAMS faculty, staff and students hold lighted candles in memory of Edith Irby Jones, M.D., who died July 15.

Dozens of UAMS faculty, staff and students gathered outside the Medical Center on a mercifully cool and clear evening for a vigil by the Edith Irby Jones, M.D., chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) to honor its namesake, who died July 15. Jones became the first African American to attend an all-white medical…

September 23, 2019

Workshops Invite Input on Diversity

Spencer Watson

Brian Gittens, Ed.D., welcomes attendees to the second Breaking BREAD town hall as guests eat lunches provided by UAMS catering.

Brian Gittens, Ed.D., who joined UAMS in June as its new vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion, hosted two town hall-style meetings to welcome dozens of employees and students to help shape his division’s strategic plan to invite and support greater diversity on campus. Both workshops were part of the Division of Diversity, Equity…

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