Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


September 23, 2022

UAMS Speaks Out Against Racial Inequities in Health Care

Chris Carmody

Participants stand together after the White Coats for Black Lives event at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Students and employees gathered in front of UAMS Medical Center to oppose disparities and structural racism in health care that adversely affect Black communities and to hear about efforts by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to provide equitable care for everyone. The White Coats for Black Lives event was first held in…


September 21, 2022

Gittens Reflects on Progress in Annual State of Diversity Address

Chris Carmody

Brian Gittens, vice chancellor of the UAMS Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, stands with winners of the Edith Irby Jones and UAMS Serves awards.

Brian Gittens, Ed.D., used his fourth annual State of Diversity address to reflect on efforts by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to foster a more inclusive campus. “If I had to use just one word to describe the state of our diversity, I would use the word ‘thriving,’” said Gittens, vice chancellor…


September 15, 2022

UAMS’ Health Career U. Wraps Up Summer Programs

Chris Carmody

Many of the programs in Health Career U provide students with the opportunity to get hands-on experience in a research lab.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion recently wrapped up its first summer of Health Career U, an effort that provides students from underrepresented minority groups with exposure to health careers and help getting into medical school. Health Career U, which encompasses a variety of programs serving high…


July 26, 2022

UAMS Pathways Academy Partners With Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas

Chris Carmody

Members of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas and the UAMS Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion gather to celebrate their partnership.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Pathways Academy is partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas (BBBSCA) on a mentorship initiative for the program’s students. Under the partnership, BBBSCA is providing sessions during which Pathways students will learn the meaning of mentorship and how to identify mentors in…


July 7, 2022

UAMS Accepting Applications for Pathways Academy Program in Jonesboro

Chris Carmody

Students from Pathways Academy's Pine Bluff RAMP-UP program prepare spaghetti and meat sauce during a trip to UAMS' Culinary Medicine Kitchen.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is accepting applications from students in grades nine through 12 for the Pathways Academy program in Jonesboro. Pathways Academy is an innovative educational and community engagement program focused on preparing low-income students for educational and career opportunities in…


July 1, 2022

Pathways Academy Students Participate In Lessons On Healthy Eating

Chris Carmody

Students and workers from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ Pathways Academy take a group photo June 24 at Southeast Arkansas College in Pine Bluff during the closing ceremony for their two-week summer intensive camp. The students are part of Pathways’ Research Academic Mentoring Pathway for Underrepresented Minorities (RAMP-UP) program.

High school students taking part in Pathways Academy’s Pine Bluff program spent two weeks learning about leadership, health and nutrition during a summer intensive camp. Pathways Academy — part of the Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) — is an educational and community engagement program that…


June 23, 2022

Schmieding Foundation Gives $500,000 to Support STEM-H Academy in Springdale

Andrew Vogler

Schmieding Foundation Pathways Academy of Springdale student

LITTLE ROCK — The Schmieding Foundation, Inc., gifted $500,000 to Springdale’s Pathway Academy, which will be renamed the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Schmieding Foundation Pathways Academy of Springdale in recognition of the nonprofit’s continued support for UAMS. The Pathways Academy program is a statewide initiative managed by the UAMS Division of Diversity,…


June 9, 2022

Shoe Slide Inventor Says Device Helps Get Patients Walking

Chris Carmody

Saprina Renee Butler, RN, assistant nurse manager at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Fort Roots campus in North Little Rock, is the inventor of the Shoe Slide.

The Veterans Subcommittee of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion hosted a virtual event featuring Saprina Renee Butler, RN, the inventor of the Shoe Slide. The webinar, “Getting Back Your Stride with the Shoe Slide,” was part of the division’s monthly Veterans Virtual Workshop. Butler is the…


May 25, 2022

Webinar Focuses on Asian Americans’ Experiences in South

Chris Carmody

The virtual event featured a video of Chinese families who grew up in the Mississippi Delta.

May 25, 2022 | The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion hosted a virtual event May 18 during which panelists shared their experiences growing up as Asian Americans in the South. The panelists were Dora Smith, M.D., director of inpatient obstetric services and an associate professor in the…


May 24, 2022

UAMS Celebrates Underrepresented and Minority Students at Virtual Graduation

Andrew Vogler

URM Virtual Graduation

There was a mood of celebration during the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Division for Diversity, Equality and Inclusion’s (DDEI) 2022 Virtual Graduation ceremony, with several speakers encouraging graduates to take time to acknowledge what they have accomplished, and what they had to overcome. “To our graduates, today we celebrate you. We celebrate…



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