Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


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…


UAMS Ranks Fourth in Education on Forbes’ Best Employers for Diversity List

Yavonda Chase

For the second year, UAMS has been recognized by Forbes magazine on its Best Employers for Diversity list.

UAMS ranks fourth among educational organizations nationally on an annual list of Best Employers for Diversity created by Forbes magazine. UAMS was also the highest ranked Arkansas company on the list, and the only one in the Top 100.


April 25, 2022

Conference Prepares Minority Students for Professional Medical Programs

Kalee Sexton

Kevin Phelan, Ph.D., a professor in the College of Medicine, hosts an interactive gross anatomy digital dissection table demo during the virtual 2022 Minority Association of Premedical Students conference.

The Edith Irby Jones Chapter of Student National Medical Association at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) hosted the virtual 2022 Minority Association of Premedical Students conference.


April 20, 2022

UAMS Hosts Panel Discussion on Black Maternal Mortality

Kalee Sexton

Toxic follows Nina, a pregnant Black woman navigating her career, marriage and motherhood while dealing with race-related stress.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences hosted a distinguished panel discussion about Black maternal mortality rates and the short film Toxic: A Black Woman’s Story.


April 13, 2022

Virtual Art Workshop Honors Women’s History Month

Kalee Sexton

Women were encouraged to take time for themselves at the virtual art event “UAMS Women: Providing Healing, Promoting Hope.”

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion partnered with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and My T by Design to honor Women’s History Month with a virtual art workshop, titled “UAMS Women: Providing Healing, Promoting Hope.”



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