Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


July 29, 2021

Forbes Magazine Ranks UAMS in Top 30% of Best Employers for Women

Linda Satter

Forbes Best Employers logo

Forbes magazine has named the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences to its list of Best Employers for Women 2021. UAMS was ranked 86th on a list of the top 300 companies in the United States, putting it in the top 30%. UAMS was the only company in Arkansas to make the list. The 300…


June 30, 2021

UAMS Celebrates Juneteenth with Online Event

Spencer Watson

The online celebration included information videos, music and community sharing about Juneteenth celebrations.

June 30, 2021 | On the very day that President Joe Biden signed legislation making June 19 a national holiday, the UAMS Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DDEI) hosted its second annual Juneteenth celebration, once again virtual because of the ongoing pandemic. “When we think about Juneteenth, we’re looking backwards,” said Odette Woods, senior…


June 22, 2021

UAMS Welcomes 15 Students to New Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Med, Public Health Program

Linda Satter

Fourteen of the 15 Public Health Scholars.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has welcomed 15 students comprising the inaugural class of a post-baccalaureate pre-med program called Medical Scholars in Public Health. The program is a collaboration between the UAMS colleges of Medicine, Public Health and Pharmacy. The 15 students who began classes May 24 were chosen…


May 31, 2021

Wellness Resources Spotlighted in Seminar for Veterans

Spencer Watson

Natalie Cannady, chief wellness officer, explaining the pillars of wellness and program outreach.

Wellness resources available to all UAMS students and employees was the subject of a lunchtime seminar intended for veteran and active duty members of Team UAMS. The May seminar was the second such monthly event hosted by the Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DDEI) Veterans Subcommittee. April’s event focused on information on UAMS benefits…


May 17, 2021

UAMS Celebrates Underrepresented Students at Virtual Graduation Event

Spencer Watson

DDEI Virtual Commencement

Adversity and resilience were common themes at a special virtual celebration the UAMS Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion held May 6 for underrepresented and minority graduates. The event spotlighted nearly 140 graduates from across all five UAMS colleges and the graduate school, who overcame pandemic conditions and social unrest on their path to graduation…


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…



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