Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


October 6, 2021

UAMS Receives Roger Carter Award of Excellence From National Rehabilitation Association

Yavonda Chase

UAMS was recognized with the Roger Carter Award of Excellence for a Large Employer from the National Rehabilitation Association because of the success of its Project SEARCH program.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) received the Roger Carter Award of Excellence for a Large Employer from the National Rehabilitation Association during a virtual ceremony today. UAMS was recognized because of the success of its Project SEARCH program, a job-training program that helps young adults with disabilities develop independent living and working skills.


International Fest, Jeopardy Close Out Diversity and Inclusion Month

Linda Satter

Ruofei Du, Ph.D., shows viewers a map of Gansu Province, where he grew up.

Students and employees at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) were transported around the world one week and into the throes of a UAMS trivia competition the next as they virtually participated in lunchtime events in late September to top off celebrations of UAMS Diversity and Inclusion Month. On Sept. 24, those who…


September 23, 2021

UAMS Receives Additional $4.75 Million to Train Primary Care Physicians, Improve Rural Health Care

Linda Satter

Spencer Parnell and Caroline Geels, first-year students in the College of Medicine's new 3-year M.D. program, practice CPR on a training manikin at the UAMS Northwest Regional Campus in Fayetteville.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received an additional $4.75 million in federal grant money to continue efforts to improve health care in rural Arkansas through training and retaining primary care physicians. The supplemental award from the Health Resources and Services Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,…


September 14, 2021

Gittens Highlights National Recognition, Geographic Expansion in Annual State of Diversity and Inclusion Address

Karmen Robinson

Vice Chancellor Brian Gittens, Ed.D., MPA, (center) pictured with UAMS Serves and Dr. Edith Irby Jones Diversity and Inclusion award recipients.

Vice Chancellor Brian Gittens, Ed.D., MPA, pictured above with Vice Chancellor and Chief Human Resources Officer Danielle Lombard-Sims, Ph.D., recognized unlimited opportunities and potential to advance diversity, equity and inclusion when he arrived at UAMS in June 2019.


September 7, 2021

UAMS Hires Shanea Morrison Nelson, Ph.D., As Executive Director of Pathways Academy

Yavonda Chase

Shanea Nelson is the new executive director of the Pathways Academy at UAMS.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has hired Shanea Morrison Nelson, Ph.D., to serve as the executive director of Pathways Academy.


August 31, 2021

UAMS Wins AAMC Award for Outstanding Community Engagement

David Wise

Staff and residents of the UAMS North Street Clinic in Fayetteville, Arkansas, hold up thank you signs.

FAYETTEVILLE – The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recently bestowed its top honor for community engagement to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). The Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Engagement is presented annually to an AAMC-member medical school or teaching hospital with a long-standing, major institutional commitment to partnering with the…


August 17, 2021

UAMS Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Receives Awards for Three Outreach Programs

Karmen Robinson

DDEI Insight Awards

Three programs in the Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DDEI) at UAMS have been named recipients of the 2021 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award.


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…


UAMS’ Anesthesia Tech Program Gives HBCU Students Firsthand Look at Medical Careers

Linda Satter

From left, Veronica Ussery, education director; Chandler Wilson, project manager; and techs Hunter Black, Raven Hinton and Veronica Lindsey.

Three students fresh out of Little Rock’s Philander Smith College recently started working in the operating room at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) as part of an initiative to help students from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU) prepare for a career in health care.


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…



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